Moderna plans African vaccine plant as drugmakers urged to help poorest

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By Josephine Mason and Maggie Fick LONDON (Reuters) -Moderna plans to invest up to $500 million to build a factory in Africa to make up to 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines each year, including its COVID-19 shot, as pressure grows on the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture drugs on the continent. African countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been urging drugmakers for months to set up vaccine plants on the continent to help it secure supplies of COVID-19 shots that have been hoovered up by wealthier nations. As of Thursday, only about 4.5% of Africans had been fully vaccin…

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