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BioNtech to ship first mRNA vaccine factory kit to Africa

A model of so called "BioNtainers", a container-based production line of mRNA-based vaccines of German company BioNTech, is pictured at the company's plant in Marburg, Germany, February 11, 2022. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

Germany’s BioNTech said on Wednesday it has completed construction of its first vaccine factory made from shipping containers called ‘BioNtrainer’ being sent to Africa.

The COVID-19 vaccine maker said the BioNtrainer is expected to arrive in Kigali, Rwanda in the first quarter of 2023.

In February, the company planned to develop a vaccine factory using shipping containers and send it to Africa as assembly kits to ease what the World Health Organization has described as huge disparities in global COVID-19 vaccine access.

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BioNtech said the facility at Kigali will house the first BioNtrainer, which is expected to become part of a wider supply network spanning several African nations that will have access to the mRNA-based vaccine.

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