German health minister heads to Pretoria to promote jab production

German Health Minister Jens Spahn is heading to South Africa on Friday for a trip focused on aiding coronavirus vaccine production on the continent, his ministry in Berlin has announced.

Spahn wants to represent the German government at a kick-off meeting of an initiative in which Germany and France both reaffirm their support for establishing vaccine production in Africa.

The German approach, according to Spahn, is to strengthen manufacturing so that vaccines can be produced under license.

French President Emmanuel Macron is also to attend the Pretoria meeting, which takes place after announcements made by the European Union at a Group of 20 (G20) health conference in Rome last week promoting production of and access to vaccines in Africa.

Spahn is set to return to Germany from South Africa on Saturday.

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