Israel's Mapi Pharma sets aside manufacturing space to boost country's COVID-19 jab supply

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Mapi Pharma operates a Jerusalem vaccines plant once owned by Johnson & Johnson. (Tiia Monto/CC BY-SA 3.0)

With the end of the year fast approaching, nations are looking for ways to secure enough supply of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to meet demand from their citizens. For Israeli drugmaker Mapi Pharma, meeting that demand means dedicating space at a Jerusalem facility to chip into the effort. 

Mapi will dedicate capacity at its finished-dose vaccine manufacturing plant in the Jerusalem Har-Hotzim technology park to help boost the country's supply of COVID-19 shots, it said Wednesday. 

Originally established by Johnson & Johnson as a sterile filling site, Mapi's Jerusalem plant has seen $100 million in total investment to bring it online. Mapi is currently working on installing a new fill-finish line at the plant for sterile liquids and inhalable powders. 

On top of the manufacturing space, Mapi will open its cold-chain storage capacity for Israel, boosting a global supply chain the company called "limited" in a release. 

Mapi is in discussions with "major" COVID-19 vaccine developers and other nations to support its plans, the company said.

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