12 Aug 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - Namibia and China are in the process of setting up an animal vaccine production facility in Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region.
A meeting between officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry as well as Jinyu Baoling Bio-Pharmaceutical Company and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group took place on 02 August in Beijing, China to clinch the deal.
The Chief Veterinary Officer in the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS), Dr Milton Maseke made the announcement during a media conference here on Wednesday.
It is possible to work with them to produce world standard vaccines. We want to be self-sufficient in vaccine production and respond to outbreaks, Maseke noted.
Jinyu would be the technical partner while Anhui would be responsible for the construction of the facility.
The ministry has already acquired 100 hectares of land and had fenced it off.
The facility will lower the cost of vaccines and make the supply more reliable, according to Maseke.
Currently, the Botswana Vaccine Institute services the whole Sub-Sahara Africa and carries out activities such as virus identification, production and testing of diagnostic reagents.
Maseke said the proposed facility will be designed to the most advanced specifications available.
It is expected to produce a range of effective vaccines for diseases ranging from foot-and-mouth to anthrax as well as vaccines for the control of transboundary animal diseases.
Maseke emphasised that a good strong technical partner is needed as vaccines are very difficult to produce. Vaccine production needs a lot of research.
A follow up meeting is slated for September this year. We intend to finalise a memorandum of understanding that time, he added.