Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will start manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines in Swindon, the Prime Minister announced.
The landmark deal could bring a £ 70million investment in the town of Wiltshire and create 200 jobs.
It is understood that the vaccine will be manufactured at a scientific site owned by US laboratory equipment maker Thermo Fisher, based on Kingfisher Drive.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking at the Conservative Party conference, said the deal would make the UK an “even more attractive” destination for foreign direct investment.
A Pfizer spokesperson said in a statement: “We are delighted to confirm that a Thermo Fisher Scientific site in Swindon, UK will support the global manufacture and supply of the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
“Once activated, the site will provide sterile formulation and filling and finishing support to the integrated and established global supply chain. “
Production is expected to begin next year, once preparations are completed by Thermo Fisher, it is understood.
“Considering the extensive process of technology transfer, on-site development, equipment installation and necessary regulatory approvals for the sites, we expect the facility to be integrated into the grid in early 2022,” added the Pfizer spokesperson.
It was reported that the vaccine would be produced and bottled in Swindon before being shipped to a Pfizer depot in Puurs, Belgium.
According to Live Businesssister site of Wiltshire Live, Thermo Fisher’s role from next year will be to fill the vials with vaccine and package them for distribution.
It is understood that the company will expand its existing manufacturing site in Swindon, including adding two new manufacturing lines and ultra-cold storage.
“As the UK increases its vaccine production capacity, it is great news that Swindon, with its strong life sciences sector, is going to be a key part of the production of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for a worldwide use, ”said South Swindon MP Robert Buckland.
Swindon Borough Council Chief David Renard added, “Thermo Fisher is a world-leading company with a great history of innovation and a significant part of Swindon’s economy.
“We have worked with them for several years to help them grow their business and this latest announcement is extremely welcome to Thermo Fisher, Swindon and indeed World Safety. Congratulations to everyone at Thermo Fisher and this is further proof that Swindon is a great place to do business. “
Pfizer has distributed 1.6 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine so far this year with a target of three billion for 2021 and four billion in 2022.
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