Sanofi awarded $226 million by US government to expand pandemic influenza preparedness

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Sanofi awarded $226 million by US government to expand pandemic influenza preparedness
SWIFTWATER, Pa., Dec. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines global business unit of Sanofi, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase the company’s domestic pandemic influenza vaccine production capabilities based in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania.

The contract is supported by federal funds from the Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS.

“We are pleased to be taking this critical next step in our longstanding relationship with BARDA, which will enable us to significantly enhance flu vaccine supply under pandemic influenza scenarios,” said David Loew, Executive Vice President, Vaccines at Sanofi. “We are deeply committed to advancing influenza vaccine technology and manufacturing, and our public and private partnerships are an important part of these ongoing efforts to help protect people from influenza.”

“The question is not if, but when the next influenza pandemic will occur, carrying potentially devastating consequences for public health and the U.S. economy,” said BARDA Director Rick Bright, Ph.D. “As the recent presidential executive order on pandemic preparedness emphasized, technology to produce effective vaccines quickly and safely in the United States can improve access, protect more people sooner and, ultimately, strengthen national and global health security. Public-private partnerships, such as this one with Sanofi Pasteur, are essential in moving such technology forward.”…