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Report on SA's vaccine manufacturing capabilities

- Wits University

VacTask is an independent advisory entity formed to support SA as a ‘front runner’ for the Africa CDC's Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing.

The South African ministries of State Enterprises; Health; Trade, Industry and Competition; and Higher Education, Science and Innovation requested an assessment of South Africa’s potential to produce end-to-end vaccines and to make strategic recommendations to turn an aspiration for vaccine independence into a reality.

The VacTask Sub-group comprises, amongst others, Wilmot James, Head of Health BioSecurity (a division of Wits Health Consortium – WHC) and Professor of Practice, Brown University; Professor Martin Veller, Former Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Co-Lead of Health Biosecurity (a Division of WHC); and Robyn Hayes Badenhorst, Head of Group Strategy for WHC and Head of Supporting Health Initiatives (a division of WHC, which funded this initiative).

Amongst other outputs, this team conducted a fact-finding mission in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town and prepared this report, which they presented to the South African Government in December 2022.