LEIDEN, The Netherlands, May 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dutch biopharmaceutical company Crucell N.V. (NYSE Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) today announced the award from UNICEF of an additional $110 million to supply its paediatric vaccine Quinvaxem(R) to the developing world. Paediatric vaccination plays an important role in contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, in particular the target of reducing under-five mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. "We are proud to be able to deliver significant amount of additional vaccine orders at short notice," said Ronald Brus, Crucell's Chief Executive Officer. "The capacity and reliability of Crucell's manufacturing and logistical systems allows us to deliver high quality and safe vaccines to protect young children from life threatening diseases in the world's developing countries. As a responsible and reliable partner, we thus contribute to the success of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) in accelerating access to these vaccines across the globe."
From 2006-2009 as part of the Extended Program for Immunization, over 130 million doses of Quinvaxem(R) have been delivered to more than 50 countries. Crucell has been increasing its production capacity over the last few years in order to meet the growing demand for paediatric vaccines from the developing world.
Quinvaxem(R) is the only fully liquid pentavalent DTwP-HepB-Hib vaccine
that is free from the preservative thiomersal. It is an optimal solution for
protection against five potentially deadly childhood diseases: diphtheria,
|SOURCE Crucell N.V|
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