France wishes to support South Africa in manufacturing its own vaccines for the country and the continent, said France's ambassador to South Africa Aurélien Lechevallier.
Speaking to News24 this past week, Lechevallier said: "Today we are all concerned and focused on the distribution of Covid vaccines. But there is another priority at stake, and [it] will become a major concern for everybody, and that is the fact that in Africa today, there is very little capacity to make your own vaccines. And France would like to be the partner of South Africa for that."
He said while African countries like Senegal, Egypt, and Kenya have some of the capacity to manufacture vaccines, South Africa probably has the best capacity, "... in terms of scientific research, top, world class universities and research centres and two of the most technologically advanced vaccine makers in South Africa – a private company called Aspen and a public-private company based in Cape Town called Biovac".