BEIJING, June 8 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NYSE Amex: SVA), a leading developer and provider of vaccines in China, announced today that it begins the production of a vaccine against influenza A (H1N1) virus. The virus seed was received from US CDC and was delivered to the company on June 8, 2009.
Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of Sinovac, commented, ''In the midst of a global outbreak and transmission of H1N1, our mission as a vaccine developer and manufacturer is to protect the public. We are very pleased to offer our expertise in supplying preventative vaccines to the national and local authorities as they focus on controlling the transmission of the H1N1 virus. Today, Sinovac has received the virus seed, we will start the production of H1N1 vaccine immediately from production of virus seed lots. Throughout this critical time, Sinovac will continue its commitment to providing safe and high quality vaccines.''
Sinovac's current annual manufacturing capacity is approximately 20-30 million doses of pandemic influenza vaccine. The capacity for H1N1 will depend on the performance of the virus seed. In order to supply enough vaccines to protect the public within a reasonable period of time, Sinovac and other flu manufactures in China have collaborated to co-manufacture Panflu, Sinovac's pandemic influenza vaccine with H1N1 virus seed upon approval from China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA). Sinovac will take the lead, completing key production processes on its own production line, while other flu manufacturers will be producing part of the bulk products and filling and packaging semi-finished products.
Sinovac's internal preparations are being supported by external
organizations in order to deliver a high quality vaccine to the market as soon
as possible. China'
|SOURCE Sinovac Biotech Ltd.|
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