UNICEF places tuberculosis vaccine order with State Serum Institute  

2003.09.15
The United Nation’s children's fund places a DKK 45 million order for tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine to be supplied over the next 3 years

The United Nation’s children's fund UNICEF has placed a DKK 45 million (USD 6.75 million) order with the Danish State Serum Institute for tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine to be supplied over the next 3 years. The State Serum Institute is a state owned institution which prevents and fights infectious diseases. The order follows another large order for the same vaccine. The Institute sells BCG vaccine mainly to developing countries, but also supplies Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland for preparedness purposes.

 

In the western world tuberculosis has been virtually eradicated, but in the developing countries about 3 million people die from the disease and 50 million are infected every year. The State Serum Institute is developing a new and improved generation of BCG vaccine and plans to conduct the first clinical tests in humans at the end of 2004. Last year the Institute generated a profit of DKK 32 million (USD 4.8 million) from a turnover of approx. DKK 900 million (USD 135 million), sales of vaccines accounting for about half of this total. The news is reported by national broadsheet Jyllands-Posten.

 

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