Over 50 polio-free countries are using IPV
An increasing number of polio-free countries are using IPV for their national immunization programs which is becoming the international health standard of care for polio vaccination. In 2007, Mexico was the first Latin American country to choose IPV in a national immunization program with sanofi pasteur's IPV containing pediatric combination vaccine, Pentaxim(R) (Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine). Turkey also chose to include Pentaxim(R) in its national immunization program.
In Indonesia the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a pilot program to evaluate the switch from OPV to IPV in a tropical setting, for which sanofi pasteur is donating 1.5 million doses of IPV over 5 years.
Committed to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for 20 years
Sanofi Pasteur has been a partner of the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative since its founding by WHO in 1988.
- Since 1988, Sanofi Pasteur has been a leading provider of
OPV, supplying over 600 million vaccine doses in 2007, helping to
reduce the number of polio cases by 99% with an estimated five million
people escaping paralysis(1).
- Between 1997 and 2005 Sanofi Pasteur donated over 120 million doses of
oral polio vaccine to help eradicate polio in Africa (Nigeria is the
only remaining endemic country in Africa).
- In 2005, Sanofi Pasteur developed a novel monovalent Oral Polio Vaccine
type 1 or mOPV1 following urgent requests from the WHO. Fifty million
doses of mOPV 1 were
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