“Covid-19 vaccine boost: Billionaire Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong to invest in Botswana”

The article mentions that the South African-born billionaire Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong looks set to establish a Covid-19 and cancer vaccine centre in “investor-friendly” Botswana.

This was announced by Gaborone after Soon-Shiong and Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will, among other things, “initiate the transfer of biological manufacturing technology for Covid-19 and cancer vaccines and next-generation cell-based immunotherapies”.

Soon-Shiong, the founder of NantWorks, a California-based network of healthcare, biotech and artificial intelligence start-ups, will also invest in public health and science through his company. He has set his sights on sustainable water generation at Lobu Farm and the Maun Science Park. If the MOU is fulfilled, it could become one of the biggest foreign direct investment achievements in Masisi’s first term.

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