SEOUL: Samsung BioLogics on Wednesday (May 12) said a report it was in talks with Pfizer Inc to begin production of the US drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea as early as in August was “not factual”.
The Korea Economic Daily reported earlier that the biotech arm of Samsung Group had been revamping production lines at its plant in Songdo to produce the Pfizer vaccine, which was jointly developed by BioNTech. The plant had the capacity to make up to 1 billion doses per year, the report said, quoting an unnamed high-level government official.
Samsung BioLogics said in a one-line filing to the stock exchange that the report was “not factual”. The company did not respond to requests for more detail.
Pfizer and the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) in charge of COVID-19 vaccine procurement were not immediately available for comment.
South Korea has a contract with Pfizer to purchase 66 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. The country also has contracts to acquire a total of 192 million doses from other developers including Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson’s and Novavax.