Algeria on Wednesday began production of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, with production expected to be eight million doses per month.
Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane, who attended the launch of the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantinople, called it a “great achievement”.
Production could double in the North African nation if needed, officials said.
“Algeria… aims to achieve other projects of this kind,” said Benabderrahmane, 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.
Following an increase in Covid-19 cases in recent months, Algeria has seen a decline in recent weeks.
Algeria, the largest African nation by size, announced this month that it would launch a campaign to vaccinate about 70 percent of its 44 million population by the end of the year.
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