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22nd April 2021

Huge new factory to help produce coronavirus vaccine planned for Cardiff

A huge new factory to help produce coronavirus jabs could be set up in Cardiff.

The new site would be based at the former Batleys cash and carry in Radyr.

It comes as the latest figures reveal that the Cardiff area is the slowest are to vaccinate compared to the rest of Wales.

The building on Longwood Drive would be involved in “the use of the building as clean rooms for the processing of a range of products that go into vaccine manufacturing”.

The facility would be operated by Cytiva who make and provide “critical consumables” for the UK and across the world to help manufacture the Covid-19 vaccine.

The company has 40 sites across the world and currently employs thousands of people.

Documents by the developers said: “The proposals will, therefore, provide a greatly reduced lead time for critical components required for UK based vaccine manufacture and will significantly shore up the security of supply for critical components for Covid-19 vaccine production in the UK.”

A planning application for a change of use from warehouse use was submitted to Cardiff council on March 18.

A decision notice approving the plans was issued by planners on April 14.

It comes as the vaccination rollout in Wales is now moving quickly into younger age groups with more than half of people aged 40 to 49 having had a jab and more than a quarter of 30 to 39 year olds.

Nearly two thirds of the entire population of Powys (65%) have had a Covid jab while fewer than half (44%) of people in Cardiff and the Vale have had a jab.

While Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board leads the way with the highest number of first doses administered with 35,6759, Powys Teaching Health Board has the highest rate of administration with 63,628 per 100,000 people having received the vaccine. That is more than half of the population in the health board area having received a vaccination.

Most health boards in Wales have now administered more than half of their population, with only Cardiff and Vale Health Board and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board falling short of that number.