Vaccine production is complex and requires very strict controls at every stage of the process. It can take up to 22 months to produce a vaccine. About 70% of the time is dedicated to quality controls.
Meeting global demand, while conforming to very strict quality and regulatory controls, is an ongoing challenge. Our vaccine production strategy is managed globally and implemented locally, helping to ensure we continue to meet public health needs with a reliable supply of vaccines.
The production of vaccines requires the ability to anticipate. Vaccine production cycles are long and production capacity at any given moment is set and cannot be expanded as setting up a new production facility takes 4-to-6 years.
In addition to anticipating demand, it is essential to be able to support public health by responding to unanticipated needs, outbreaks, epidemics and bioterrorism. Sanofi Pasteur maintains a supply of vaccine in a safety reserve in the event that large quantities of vaccine are needed immediately.
In 2009, sanofi pasteur produced more than 1.6 billion doses of vaccine, making it possible to vaccinate over 500 million people throughout the world.
To meet steadily growing demand, we reinvest 10% of our revenues into capital investments annually.
The company's global presence makes it possible to meet this incredible production challenge, in addition to supporting public health by responding to unanticipated needs, outbreaks and epidemics.
We want sanofi pasteur to be synonymous with quality. Therefore, we have developed a strong quality culture and take great care to see that this focus has been incorporated into the daily mindset of each employee. For example, we have developed a comprehensive cold chain management system, which enables our packages to maintain the correct temperature during deliveries. This is essential to ensuring vaccines remain effective, from production through administration. To reach this level of quality, sanofi pasteur implemented very specific measures: good industrial management and marketing practices, management principles, and performance measurement.
To constantly improve customer satisfaction and meet regulatory demands, while keeping our business highly competitive, the quality teams work closely with the heads of industrial operations. Together they define quality policies and guidelines and guarantee that processes correspond to good manufacturing practices.