Sanofi Pasteur members poised to increase Canada’s vaccine production
“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the weakness of our domestic supply chain leaving Canadians at the mercy of foreign imports of vital products including PPE and vaccines,” said National President Jerry Dias. “In our Build Back Better campaign Unifor has been advocating for investment in manufacturing to make Canada more self-sufficient and create good paying jobs at home.”
Since the early 1900s, Sanofi has produced insulin and life-saving vaccines to help combat illnesses including diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox and polio. On March 31, 2021, Sanofi announced a partnership with federal, provincial and municipal governments to expand production of its influenza vaccine Fluzone, creating 300 new high-quality jobs in Ontario.
The new facility will be the first in Canada to produce this type of vaccine from start to finish, with all stages of production at one location. Upgrades to industrial scale capacity will also strengthen Canada’s preparedness for future pandemics.
“This is a positive step to regain the ability to mass produce vaccine on home soil, something that has been painfully absent during the COVID-19 pandemic” said Dias. “Since the manufacturing of flu vaccine is seasonal, this new facility also brings hope of future expansion to grow the production schedule even further.” ■