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Sanofi Pasteur Receives Order from U.S. Government to Produce New Influenza A(H1N1) Vaccine
Date:5/25/2009

- Initial U.S. order for bulk vaccine valued at $190 million -

SWIFTWATER, Pa. and LYON, France, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today it has received the first of what is expected to be a series of orders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to commence production of a vaccine to help protect against the new influenza A(H1N1) virus.

This order from HHS was issued pursuant to an existing pandemic stockpile contract between Sanofi Pasteur and the U.S. government that allows HHS to purchase vaccines for viruses with pandemic potential. In addition to this initial HHS order, the company is in discussions with other governments to address their needs for A(H1N1) vaccine.

The HHS order provides for the production of the bulk vaccine and related activities. The dosage requirements for the new vaccine are yet to be determined and will be based on clinical trials, which could begin as early as August. Final formulation, filling and distribution of the vaccine also have not been established at this time. The order is in the amount of $190 million.

"This initial order for A(H1N1) vaccine received today under our existing contract is part of a major effort by Sanofi Pasteur to support global public health efforts to prepare the world for the possibility of an influenza pandemic," said Wayne Pisano, President and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur. "Production of a new vaccine is not a simple task and there are a number of necessary and complex steps that must be taken before a vaccine can be made available to the public, but we have experience on our side. Previously, we developed and licensed the first pre-pandemic vaccine for H5N1 and we look forward to further demonstrating
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