Sanofi and GSK in advanced talks with European Union to provide up to 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

  • The discussion focuses on the recombinant protein technology developed by Sanofi and on an adjuvant for pandemic use developed by GSK.
  • The two companies are committed to making their vaccine against Covid-19 available at an affordable price, anywhere in the world.

PARIS and LONDON – July 31, 2020 – Sanofi and GSK have entered into discussions with the European Commission (EC) for the supply of up to 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Commission has agreed to put in place a contractual framework for purchasing vaccine doses once the vaccine has been proven safe and effective, on behalf of all EU Member States. The vaccine candidate, developed by Sanofi in partnership with GSK, is based on the recombinant protein technology that Sanofi used to produce an influenza vaccine and on the adjuvant for pandemic use developed by GSK. The doses would be produced in European countries and in particular in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. These discussions are an important milestone in the initiatives undertaken to protect the European population against Covid-19 and meet their needs.

« Today’s announcement ensures that millions of Europeans will have access to a potential vaccine to protect them against COVID-19, once its safety and effectiveness have been demonstrated. We have always been committed to providing an affordable vaccine that is accessible to all and are grateful to the European Commission for their continued engagement with us and their support. », declared Thomas Triomphe, Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Sanofi Pasteur. « With GSK, we are working tirelessly to develop and produce a vaccine to address this global health crisis. »

“GSK is proud to work in partnership with Sanofi to make this vaccine available to the European population as soon as possible. Our two companies have significant R&D and manufacturing capacities in Europe and are already working to increase the production capacities of their respective networks. The announcement of the EC reinforces the efforts we are making to this end ”, added Roger Connor, President of GSK Vaccines.

Sanofi is leading the clinical development and vaccine registration procedures and plans to begin a Phase I / II study in September, followed by a Phase III study by the end of 2020. If the data is positive, regulatory approval for this vaccine could be obtained in the first half of 2021. At the same time, Sanofi and GSK are increasing their antigen and adjuvant production capacities to be able to manufacture up to one billion doses per year in total.

Sanofi and GSK commit to making this vaccine available to everyone

Sanofi and GSK recently signed agreements with the United States, where they forged lasting partnerships with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA, Authority for Advanced Biomedical Research and Development), as well as with the UK government. In 2021-2022, the two partners also plan to make a significant portion of their total production available to the global Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator initiative, an international collaboration of heads of government and executives. international health organizations, companies and charities to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to tests for COVID-19, as well as to treatments and vaccines against this disease.

On the front lines of the fight against COVID-19

In addition to the development of a recombinant protein vaccine in collaboration with GSK, Sanofi is also developing a candidate-messenger RNA vaccine in partnership with Bio. Of all the multiple innovative vaccine development platforms currently being tested by the pharmaceutical industry, the mRNA platform is considered to be one of the most promising. Sanofi plans to start a Phase I study by the end of the year and, if its data is positive, to get approval for its vaccine sooner in the second half of 2021. Bio builds the necessary mRNA production capacity and Sanofi expects to be able to deliver between 90 and 360 million doses per year.

About GSK

A major player in the global pharmaceutical industry, focused on scientific research, GSK’s mission is to improve the quality of life so that every human being is more active, feels better and lives longer. GSK is one of the world’s leading vaccine manufacturers. For more information, see the website

About Sanofi

Sanofi’s vocation is to support those facing health problems. A global biopharmaceutical company specializing in human health, we prevent disease with our vaccines and offer innovative treatments. We support both those suffering from rare diseases and the millions of people suffering from a chronic disease.

Sanofi and its more than 100,000 employees in 100 countries transform scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the world.

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