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Sinovac Files Clinical Trial Application with SFDA for Vaccine Against Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Date:12/28/2009

stated, "We are very pleased to submit the clinical trial application for the EV 71 vaccine to the SFDA. Our ability to submit the application ahead of the projected 2010 timeline is a validation of the R&D capabilities of the team developing this vaccine. A vaccine against EV 71 represents a significant unmet medical need, given that there are not effective preventive therapeutic alternatives for this life threatening viral illness affecting infants and children. Based on current expectations, we anticipate that the EV 71 vaccine, subject to positive human clinical trial results and commercialization, represents a significant flagship product opportunity for the Company as well as an opportunity to improve the lives of children around the world."

About EV 71

Enterovirus 71, or EV 71, causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (or HFMD). More than 90% of the reported cases occur in children under five years old. HFMD is a common and usually mild childhood disease. EV 71 is a frequent cause of HFMD epidemics associated with neurological disease in a small proportion of cases. A number of outbreaks of EV 71 HFMD in the Asia-Pacific region have been reported since 1997. Outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia (1997), Taiwan (1998, 2000 & 2001), Mainland China (1998-2008), Australia (1999) and

Singapore (2000) among other areas in the region. There is no specific treatment for enterovirus infections and a vaccine is not currently available.

In 2008, 489,073 cases were reported in China with 126 reported fatalities. For the first 11 months of 2009, over 1.1 million cases were reported in China, with over 400 reported fatalities.

About Sinovac

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases. Sinovac's vaccine products include
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