Officials from China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday that by the end of this year, China may produce 3 billion doses of the covid-19 vaccine.
“We are capable of meeting our own needs in the second half of the year,” said Zheng Zhongwei, who is also in charge of vaccine development projects.
The latest figures released by the government show that from February 1 to March 5, vaccine production tripled to 5 million doses per day.
Leading vaccine manufacturer Sinovac Biotech said its annual production this month has doubled to 2 billion doses.
China National Pharmaceutical Group Sinopharm announced that it will provide 100 million doses of covid-19 vaccine each month in early April. The team’s goal is to increase production capacity to 3 billion doses per year.