Following a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in past months, Algeria is going into the production of COVID 19 jabs. Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane, who attended the launch of the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantine, called it a “ big achievement”.
Algeria on Wednesday , September 29, started producing the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, with production expected to be eight million doses a month.
Production could be doubled in the North African nation if needed, officials said.
“Algeria aims to achieve other projects of this kind,” Benabderrahmane said, praising the country’s pharmaceutical industry.
Lotfi Djamel Benbahmed, Algeria’s minister for the pharmaceutical industry, has said the country plans to export the vaccines.
He said Saidal, the firm making the jabs, was so far the only African company to be licenced to produce the jab.
Algeria, the biggest African nation by size, announced this month a campaign to vaccinate some 70 percent of its 44 million population by the end of the year.
Algeria has seen a drop in COVID 19 cases in recent weeks.