EXPLAINER | Who is Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong and why is he giving SA R3bn to help produce vaccines?

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Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong. (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Getty Images via AFP)
Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong. (Photo: Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Getty Images via AFP)

South African-born pharmaceutical billionaire, Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong on Wednesday committed R3 billion to help the country produce Covid-19 vaccines.

In a meeting on the equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines, organised by the World Health Organisation, Soon-Shiong said his family foundation and company would bring the necessary technical knowledge and other capacity to South Africa to start producing vaccines.

READ | SA-born biotech billionaire commits R3 billion to produce vaccines locally

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