German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which is currently developing a possible vaccine against the novel coronavirus together with US drug giant Pfizer, announced Thursday it was buying a new production plant in order drastically to increase its production capacities.
BioNTech said the acquisition of the vaccine plant in Marburg, Germany, from the pharmaceutical firm Novartis, would allow it to produce tens of millions more vaccine doses a month — pending regulatory approval — from next year.
The plant is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2021, BioNTech said in a news release, and will retain its existing, highly skilled workforce of 300 employees following the transfer from Novartis later this year.
“In full production operations the production plant will increase BioNTech’s capacity to produce vaccines by about 750 million doses per year or more than 60 million doses per month,” BioNTech said.
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