The NAM News Network reported on Wednesday that a vaccine production plant in Namibia’s Ohangwena Region is expected within the next five years.
The proposed plant would be focused on the production and research into vaccines for brucellosis, foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and other illnesses. According to the report, the Jinyu Group from China and the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group are currently assessing the area prior to the commencement of construction activity.
Officials stated that there are matters that still need attention, including the size and the scope of the proposed facility and its expected output capacity once it is operational.
Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa said that attention will need to be focused on the design and construction of the plant so that it is ensuring health and environmental safety standards. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Directorate of Veterinary Services Milton Maseke predicted that the process would take between three and five years.
Mutorwa also noted the time it would take for viable vaccinations to be developed and utilized among livestock.
“It is therefore not surprising that such technologies are not readily available for purchase on the commercial market,” Mutorwa said. "In fact, most of the livestock vaccine producers in the developing world opt to remain in strategic partnerships with well-established manufacturers in the developed world in order to obtain much-needed research and development."