Sanofi pasteur Continues to Commit Resources and Join the International
Community in Enhancing Pandemic Preparedness to Protect World Health
LYON, France, June 13 /CNW/ - Sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of
the sanofi-aventis Group, announced today that it is ready to supply a
significant number of doses of H5N1 vaccine for the establishment of an
international stockpile through a World Health Organization (WHO) partnership.
Part of this supply could be made available immediately, in bulk form.
"We have been part of the influenza vaccine history for half of a century
and are pleased today to continue to partner with WHO to combat one of the
world's critical public health threats" said Jean-Francois Dehecq, Chairman of
sanofi-aventis. "Above and beyond this vital initiative with the international
community and with WHO, we are actively pursuing further moves that are
intended to increase influenza vaccine supply for countries in the developing
world, enabling us to provide a meaningful contribution to global pandemic
Sanofi pasteur's leadership position in developing and producing
influenza vaccines places the company at the forefront of readiness against
the threat of pandemic influenza. The company is committed to playing a
leading role in case of a pandemic and sees its contribution in producing as
many doses of sanofi pasteur's most advanced vaccine in the shortest possible
timeframe, should a pandemic be declared by the world's health authorities.
Pandemic Influenza Overview
Influenza is a disease caused by a highly infectious virus that spreads
easily from person to person, primarily when an infected individual coughs or
sneezes. An influenza pandemic is a global epidemic of an especially virulent
virus, newly infectious for humans, and for which there is no preexisting
immunity. This is why pandemic strains have such potential to cause severe
morbidity and mortality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the
next pandemic is likely to result in 1 to 2.3 million hospitalizations and
280,000 to 650,000 deaths in industrialized nations alone. Its impact is
expected to be even more devastating in developing countries. In an attempt to
minimize the impact of a pandemic, many countries are developing national and
transnational plans against a possible influenza pandemic situation.
Sanofi Pasteur and Pandemic Preparedness
Sanofi pasteur is committed to global pandemic preparedness. As the world
leader in research, development and manufacturing of influenza vaccine, sanofi
pasteur is actively involved in projects in the U.S. and Europe, with the goal
of developing a vaccine to protect against a pandemic influenza virus.
Sanofi pasteur is also investing in major expansions of its influenza
vaccine production facilities in the U.S. and France.
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Sanofi-aventis is one of the world leaders in the pharmaceutical
industry, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D
organisation, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major
therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases,
central nervous system, internal medicine and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is
listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
Sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group,
provided more than a billion doses of vaccine in 2006, making it possible to
immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the
vaccine industry, sanofi pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines
protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The Company's heritage, to create
vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi pasteur is
the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company
invests more than EUR1 million in research and development. For more
information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com or www.sanofipasteur.us
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the AMF made by sanofi-aventis, including those listed under "Risk Factors"
and "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in
sanofi-aventis' annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31,
2006. Other than as required by applicable law, sanofi-aventis does not
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