Novartis’ MF59 swine flu vaccines “Prequalified” by WHO/Novartis press release

December 21, 2009 07:15 CET/ Novartis press release: Basel, Switzerland

All three Novartis A(H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccines prequalified (read that as untested or inadequately tested for third world distribution) by World Health Organization (WHO) for use in developing world

· First prequalification from WHO for multiple influenza A(H1N1) 2009 vaccines from a single company: Celtura® and Focetria®, both with the Novartis adjuvant MF59®, as well as unadjuvanted A(H1N1) vaccine from the Fluvirin® platform

· WHO prequalification of two MF59 adjuvanted vaccines highlights Novartis adjuvant’s antigen sparing potential as means to enhance global supply of pandemic vaccines

· More than 80 million doses of Novartis influenza A(H1N1) vaccine shipped to 21 countries around the world

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