Sinovac obtains 5th H1N1 vaccine order from Chinese government

BEIJING — Sinovac Biotech Ltd. announced Jan. 13 that it has received its fifth purchase order for its H1N1 vaccine, Panflu.1, from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for the national purchase plan.

Under this purchase order, Sinovac is required to deliver an additional 8.57 million doses, of which 2.33 million doses are expected to be delivered before March 15 and the balance of 6.23 million doses to be stockpiled by the government in Sinovac's warehouse facility.

In aggregate, Sinovac has received orders of Panflu.1 from the Chinese government for a total 20.05 million doses, and 10.23 million doses of Panflu.1 have been delivered to date for the Chinese vaccination campaign. In 2009, the company completed the expansion of its production line used to manufacture the seasonal influenza, H1N1 and H5N1 vaccines, thereby increasing its annual production capacity by approximately 60 percent.

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company whose vaccine products include Healive (hepatitis A), Bilive (combined hepatitis A and B), and Anflu (influenza). Panflu and Panflu.1, Sinovac's pandemic influenza vaccine (H5N1) and H1N1 vaccine, have already been approved for government stockpiling.