Sanofi Wins Swine Flu Vaccine Order From U.S. Government
Tue, 05/26/2009 - 5:42am
PARIS (AP) — Sanofi Pasteur, the world's largest vaccine maker, said Monday it has won a $190 million order from the United States government to make a swine flu vaccine. The company, a unit of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA, said in a statement that it is "the first of what is expected to be a series of orders" from the U.S. for a vaccine to help protect against the new A(H1N1) virus, commonly called swine flu. Sanofi Pasteur, which operates influenza vaccine production facilities at Swiftwater, Pa. in the U.S. and in Val de Reuil in France, said it is also talking to other governments about the vaccine needs. The company said it is awaiting receipt of the seed virus to be used in vaccine production from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and could begin commercial production in June, after the FDA has certified the working seed.