Sanofi Pasteur MSD, the joint venture between MSD and Sanofi Pasteur, announced today that it has submitted a decentralized marketing authorization application in Europe for a ' Q uadrivalent' influenza vaccine, a new advanced seasonal flu vaccine.
The 'Quadrivalent ' vaccine, developed by Sanofi Pasteur, is expected to help protect people from four different strains of seasonal influenza virus es. Currently available flu vaccines protect against three strains of flu viruses. By including a fourth influenza strain, the new seasonal flu vaccine could help further reduce influenza disease and influenza-related complications, hospitalizations and deaths.
"This filing clearly demonstrates our commitment to providing advanced vaccine solutions to help improve disease prevention in Europe, " said Jean Paul Kress, President of Sanofi Pasteur MSD. "We believe that quadrivalent flu vaccines will be come the new standard for the prevention of seasonal flu."
The new flu vaccine has been submitted for licences in Europe under the decentralized approval process, with France acting as the "Reference Member State" for the review of the licence dossier.
Once approved, the new quadrivalent vaccine will be commercialized in Western European countries by Sanofi Pasteur MSD and in Eastern European countries by Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of Sanofi.