Algeria began manufacturing Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday as part of a joint venture with China, located in the eastern province of Constantine.
The production line was inaugurated during a ceremony attended by Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane and Chinese Ambassador to Algeria Li Lianhe, during the joint venture between Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech and Algerian pharmaceutical group Saidal.
In his opening remarks, Benabderrahmane said that this production line will likely pave the way for the production of other vaccines in the near future.
“This unit will strengthen the vaccine self-sufficiency and health security of Algeria,” he noted.
He added that the production line aims to produce 6 million doses of Sinovac vaccine by the end of this year, and 96 million doses each year thereafter, “provided there are sufficient raw materials and of local and international orders “.
For his part, the Chinese Ambassador hailed the completion of this project as “a milestone in the history of cooperation between China and Algeria, who share a distinguished historical friendship and converging views on de many questions “.
Li noted that “the development goals of the two countries are similar, as they have supported each other over the past decades.”
“In response to the demand from Algeria, China overcame the enormous pressure of domestic demand for Sinovac vaccines and made unremitting efforts to supply them to Algeria,” he said, citing that China has signed a contract to supply 15 million doses of vaccines to Algeria, becoming the largest supplier of vaccines to this North African country.
The Chinese envoy pledged that China is always ready to continue to strengthen cooperation with Algeria in various fields, and to expand bilateral cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative with high quality. .
Since the COVID-19 epidemic, Algeria and China have been cooperating closely to fight the pandemic. In February 2020, Algeria was one of the first countries to send medical donations to China, which in return also sent several batches of medical aid and experts to Algeria.