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BAT subsidiary working on potential COVID-19 vaccine

In a statement, BAT says if the testing by bio-tech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP) goes well, between 1 and 3 million doses of the vaccine could be manufactured per week, beginning in June.

The multinational company said while KBP remains a commercial operation, the intention is that its work around the Covid-19 vaccine project will be carried out on a not for profit basis.

The vaccine in development uses BAT’s proprietary, fast-growing tobacco plant technology which has several advantages over conventional vaccine production technology:

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Taking over the reins from Michael Penrose, general manager of British American Tobacco, Kulu joins two other Papua New Guinea women who make up the BCPNG executive board.

They include Susil Nelson-Kongoi (VP International) and Alison Judd (Honorary Treasurer).

Robert Nilkare, country manager for New Britain Palm Oil, was elected president.

Speaking to Loop PNG following the BCPNG Annual General Meeting recently, Kulu said it was a privilege as well as an achievement for herself.

Illicit tobacco: RPNGC hurdle

The RPNGC is the only organisation that does joint patrol with its Australian partners along the borders in dealing with transnational crime issues.

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki, upon signing a memorandum of agreement with smoke company, British American Tobacco, gave assurances that police will be dealing with the issue head on to curb this criminal activity.

​Deal inked to combat contraband

The agreement paves way for private and public sectors to work together to curb this illegal flow of fake and contraband cigarettes reaching the shores of the country.

Operators of illegal tobacco do not pay taxes, which can be seen with packets of cigarettes being sold for as low as K10 in retail shops.

This basically means that they are not paying their taxes to the people of this country and are stealing from the government.