New Delhi: Panacea Biotec on Wednesday bagged a three-year contract worth over Rs1,067 crore ($222.37 million) from UNICEF for supplying its EasyFive vaccine.
EasyFive, a combination of five vaccines, is used in immunizing children against five diseases — Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis-B, Hemophilus Influenza.
“This award is one of the growth drivers which would have a significant impact on our overall performance in the coming years,” Panacea Biotec joint managing director Rajesh Jain said in a statement.
Pentavalent vaccines are used by United Nations agencies like United Nations Children’s Fund to vaccinate millions of children in the developing world.
The company claims EasyFive is the world’s first fully liquid pentavalent vaccine. The drug was introduced in India by Panacea Biotec in January 2005. The company received the pre-qualification for EasyFive by World Health Organisation (WHO) in July last year.
Under its overall strategy to garner a firm foothold in various immunization programmes across the globe, Panacea Biotec has partnered with WHO and UNICEF in their effort to maximize coverage of vaccines.
Shares of Panacea advanced 5% to hit its upper trading limit of Rs174 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).