The factories the manufacture BioNTech-Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines take up multiple stories and almost 20,000 square feet, which make it difficult for developing nations to set up their own manufacturing facilities. But BioNTech has a new design for a mobile vaccine factory that can be built inside 12 shipping container-size units. This modular factory can be built in Germany and filled with state-of-the-art equipment, and then moved via ships, trucks, or trains to another country.1
The company plans to deliver modular factories to Rwanda, Senegal, and potentially South Africa. It’s a step towards increasing vaccine production in Africa, where only 1% of vaccines are manufactured locally.
1. This mobile shipping container factory will make BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, Fast Company, Feb 18, 2022. Accessed Feb 21, 2022.