Science department throws its weight behind Biovac
Biovac says a new tender run by the health department for 2020 has been structured in a way that could leave it out in the cold
The department of science and innovation says the state-backed vaccine developer Biovac has met its expectations, despite the fact that it has yet to manufacture any of its own shots more than 15 years after its inception.
Biovac is a public-private partnership that was established in 2003 to revive SA’s human vaccine manufacturing capacity. Earlier this week, it emerged that the health department is running a new tender that threatens Biovac’s income, raising questions about how the government sees the future of this venture.