Sanof-Aventis To Give Pandemic Flu Vaccine To WHO

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis says it will donate millions of doses of H1N1 flu vaccine to the World Health Organization for poor countries.

Chief Executive Christopher Viehbacher (VEE'bahk-er) said Wednesday his company is making a "flexible donation" of a total of 100 million doses of vaccines against H1N1 flu and bird flu.

The French company last June pledged to donate 60 million doses of pandemic vaccine against the bird flu virus then circulating in some countries.

Viehbacher says once his company starts production of vaccine against H1N1 flu it will reserve 10% of its output to help fight the flu pandemic in developing countries.

He made the announcement at a Seattle conference on medicine and public health.

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