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U.S. FDA Licenses Sanofi Pasteur's New Influenza Vaccine Manufacturing Facility
Date:5/6/2009

- Sanofi Pasteur committed to increasing its seasonal and pandemic influenza preparedness; New facility will increase production capacity in the U.S. -

SWIFTWATER, Pa. and LYON, France, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed its new influenza vaccine manufacturing facility.

This new facility, located in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, will incorporate the latest technology in egg-based vaccine production as part of the company's commitment to produce the largest number of doses of vaccine in the shortest time frame to address the threat of seasonal and pandemic influenza.

The licensure of this facility today is for production of the company's seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine, Fluzone(R), Influenza Virus Vaccine, and augments the current Fluzone vaccine production capacity in the U.S. Sanofi Pasteur invested in the construction of this new $150 million, 140,000 square-foot (13,000 square-meter) vaccine facility as part of its commitment to support public health and to protect individuals against both seasonal and pandemic influenza. The new facility will produce 100 million doses when operating at full capacity.

In total, Sanofi Pasteur will have a capacity of approximately 150 million doses of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine per year in the U.S. - 50 million doses from the existing facility and 100 million doses from the new facility when it is operating at full capacity. Production of Fluzone vaccine for the 2009-2010 season is already underway in the new facility.

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