ALGIERS, 16 July 2021 – Algeria will start producing new coronavirus vaccines next September, according to a cabinet minister speaking on state radio.
“In addition to the Russian vaccine Sputnik, we will be producing the Chinese Sinovac as well,” Lotfi Benbahmed told National Radio Algeria.
Chinese experts will arrive Algeria by the end of July 2021, ahead of the launch of production and prior to the arrival of the first raw material for producing the vaccines.
Algeria’s state-owned pharmaceutical company, SAIDAL, will be producing as many as 2.5 million doses of both vaccines each month, the minister told the state broadcaster.
The “made in Algeria” vaccines are expected to be 45 percent cheaper than imported versions of the jab.
Ultimately, the vaccine costs will drop to about 90 percent cheaper once the raw materials for the jabs are entirely produced in Algeria, Benbahmed added.
Algeria will be saving at least five dollars per vaccine dose, according to these estimates.
SINOVAC has committed to provide Algeria with 15 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.
It would still be only 20 percent of the Algeria’s 45 million inhabitants.
Some 3,851 Algerians have been killed from complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the highest death tolls across the continent.