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Musk: Tesla is Building 'RNA Microfactories' for COVID-19 Vaccine Developer

Musk: Tesla is Building 'RNA Microfactories' for COVID-19 Vaccine Developer

Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 09:15
FILE PHOTO: Employee Philipp Hoffmann, of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease at a laboratory in Tuebingen, Germany, March 12, 2020. Picture taken on March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
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Tesla Inc is building "RNA microfactories" for coronavirus vaccine developer CureVac in Germany, the electric carmaker's chief executive officer, Elon Musk revealed in a tweet on Wednesday.

CureVac has said it is developing transportable, automated mRNA production units that it calls printers

They will be designed to be shipped to remote locations, where they can churn out its vaccine candidate and other mRNA-based therapies depending on the recipe fed into the machine.

It is also building a new stationary site that could increase its output tenfold to billions of doses, Reuters reported.

But for the immediate pandemic use - should its vaccine candidate win market approval – it has production sites with regulatory approval in Germany with a capacity to produce hundreds of millions of doses.

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