Sanofi Pasteur wins Flu Vaccine contract for Beijing
In October Beijing released the 2007 tendering results for influenza vaccine, marking the first time the vaccine has been included in Beijing's reimbursement system. Sanofi Pasteur will supply 1.2 million doses of the influenza vaccine, an amount that should generate RMB 48 million for the company. Four domestic manufacturers, Sinovac, Jiangsu Yanshen, Zhejiang Tianyuan, and Dalian Yalifeng, will provide the remaining 1.6 million doses. Five additional manufacturers, Changchun Changsheng, Shanghai Institute of Biological Products, Berna, GSK, and Novartis, also took part in the bidding but were not selected to provide the drug.
In September, Beijing announced that it would purchase 2.8 million doses of the influenza vaccine for approximately RMB 100 million to provide free flu vaccinations for Beijing citizens over 60 years of age and to subsidize vaccinations for schoolchildren. Vaccines from Sanofi Pasteur with a tendering price of RMB 40 will be used to vaccinate schoolchildren and charged at RMB 20. Vaccines from four domestic producers with a tendering price of RMB 34 will be provided free to Beijing's senior citizens.
The influenza vaccine is a Class II vaccine in China and therefore is not covered by the national government reimbursement system.... more