Sinovac Receives Certificate of Approval to Distribute Panflu (H5N1) Vaccine in Hong Kong
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 5:05am
Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a developer and provider of vaccines in China, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinovac Biotech (Hong Kong) Ltd, has received the Certificate of Approval to distribute Panflu(TM) (H5N1), its H5N1 (bird flu) pandemic influenza vaccine, in Hong Kong. The certificate is valid through September 13, 2014 and thereafter will be renewable for periods of five years at a time, subject to payment of the registration fee. Sinovac Biotech (Hong Kong) Ltd, was established in October 2008 to focus on registering and distributing Sinovac's vaccines in Hong Kong and seeking vaccine R&D opportunities in Hong Kong. In the coming months, the Company plans to submit applications in Hong Kong for approval for its Panflu.1 (H1N1) and Anflu vaccines. Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of Sinovac, commented, "We are pleased to receive approval to market Panflu in Hong Kong, as it represents an opportunity to significantly expand our market reach. In working closely with Hong Kong officials on regulatory approval for Panflu, we have gained knowledge about the regulatory process there and plan to submit applications in the near future for additional vaccines, specifically Panflu.1 for swine flu and Anflu. And at the same time, Hong Kong officials have gained an overall understanding of the quality of Sinovac's product. The approval in Hong Kong for Panflu is a significant step in our mission to distribute our affordable, high-quality and safe vaccines on a global basis."