Sanofi to Make Swine Flu Vaccine for Brazil
Tue, 09/08/2009 - 4:42am
PARIS (AP) — French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis said Monday it has signed a deal to make millions of swine flu vaccines for Brazil, which has the world's highest death toll from the virus. Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, announced the agreement while French President Nicolas Sarkozy was paying a state visit to Brazil. Sanofi said in a statement that Brazil's Health Ministry ordered an initial supply of 18 million doses of the vaccine, with an option for 15 million more. No value for the deal was released, nor was a time frame provided for the delivery of the vaccines. Sanofi Pasteur CEO Wayne Pisano said the "goal is to produce and deliver as quickly as possible." Sanofi Pasteur will handle the initial manufacturing of the vaccines and Brazil's Butantan Institute will complete, package and distribute them. The European Center for Disease Control reported last week that Brazil had 657 fatal cases of swine flu, more than any other country. The U.S. came next, with 593 fatal cases.