French company Sanofi have told governments their vaccine is safe and is issuing over 200 million worldwide vaccines despite being at the centre of a scandal which left 59 people in the far east dead.
Sanofi have issued their flu vaccines to the Spanish government despite being investigated.
The laboratory – responsible for the Vaxigrip Tetra flu vaccine – say there are “no safety problems.”
However, the vaccine was used in South Korea and killed 59 people and is now reportedly being used in areas of Spain such as Andalucia, Galicia, the Canaries and the Valencian community.
The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said that the deaths were a “coincidence” and that the vaccine is safe.
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline have committed 200 million doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccine to a global effort to distribute shots around the world, the drugmakers said Wednesday.
The doses will go to the COVAX Facility, a World Health Organization-backed initiative meant to give rich and poor countries alike equal access to crucial COVID-19 vaccines once they’re ready.
More than 180 countries and economies have signed onto the initiative aiming to have 2 billion vaccine doses available by the end of next year. Paris-based Sanofi and UK-based GlaxoSmithKline say they’ll provide the shots in the first half of next year.
“The commitment we are announcing today for the COVAX Facility can help us together stand a better chance of bringing the pandemic under control,” Thomas Triomphe, the global head of Sanofi’s vaccine business, said in a statement.
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