• Fosun Pharma Announces the Supply of 10 Million Doses of mRNA-based COVID-19 Vaccine to Taiwan Region
  • Release Time: Jul 12, 2021
  • (SHANGHAI, CHINA, 12 July 2021) — Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (“Fosun Pharma” or “Group”; Stock Code: 600196.SH, 02196.HK) announced that Fosun Industrial Co., Limited (“Fosun Industrial”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fosun Pharma, has reached advance procurement agreements for the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“TSMC”), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (“Hon Hai”), Yonglin Charity Foundation (“Yonglin”) and Zuellig Pharma, Inc. (“Zuellig Pharma”) respectively. Fosun Industrial will sell a total of 10 million doses of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to Zuellig Pharma (pharmaceutical company with qualifications to import vaccines) entrusted by TSMC, Hon Hai and Yonglin. These COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will be donated to relevant agency of disease control of Taiwan region for local vaccination.

    Wu Yifang, Chairman and CEO of Fosun Pharma said, “We are glad to see that the vaccine co-developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech could play a positive role in the prevention and control of the epidemic in Taiwan. We will work closely with our partners to provide safe and effective vaccines to Taiwan at an early date, safeguarding the lives and health of Taiwan compatriots, and helping their life getting back on track as soon as possible.”

    On 16 March 2020, BioNTech and Fosun Pharma announced a strategic collaboration. Fosun Pharma has been licensed by BioNTech to exclusively develop and commercialize COVID-19 vaccines based on its mRNA technology platform in Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan region.

    About Fosun Pharma

    Founded in 1994, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (“Fosun Pharma”; stock code: 600196.SH, 02196.HK) is a leading global pharmaceutical and healthcare provider in China. Fosun Pharma strategically operates businesses in the pharmaceutical and health industry, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical devices and medical diagnosis, and healthcare services. Through its associated company Sinopharm Co., Ltd., Fosun Pharma's business extends to pharmaceutical distribution and retail.

    Fosun Pharma takes pharmaceutical manufacturing as its core business and sticks to innovative research and development. Through in-house R&D, co-development, in-licensing and incubation, Fosun Pharma had established platforms for small molecule innovative drugs, antibody drugs and cell therapy, focusing on major therapeutic areas, including oncology, immunology, “4 hypers” (hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and hyperuricemia) and their complications, as well as central nervous system. In the meantime, Fosun Pharma keeps close track of cutting-edge technologies, such as targeted protein degradation, RNA, oncolytic virus and gene therapy to enhance its innovation ability.

    Looking forward, under guidance of 4IN strategy (Innovation, Internationalization, Integration and Intelligentization), Fosun Pharma practices innovation and transformation, integrated operation and steady development, as well as the concept of sustainable development. Fosun Pharma is committed to becoming the first-class enterprise in the global mainstream healthcare industry. 

    For more information, please visit: www.fosunpharma.com.

    Forward-looking Statements of Fosun Pharma

     This press release contains “forward-looking statements” of Fosun Pharma. These forward-looking statements may include, but may not be limited to, statements concerning: Fosun Pharma's efforts to combat COVID-19; the collaboration between Fosun Pharma and BioNTech to develop a potential COVID-19 vaccine; our expectations regarding the potential characteristics of BNT162b2 in our clinical trial and/or in commercial use based on data observations to date; the nature of the clinical data, which is subject to ongoing peer review, regulatory review and market interpretation; the timing for submission of data for, or receipt of, any marketing approval or emergency use authorization; our contemplated shipping and storage plan; and if approved, the ability of BioNTech and Fosun Pharma to supply the quantities of BNT162b2 to meet market demands, including our production estimates for 2021. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on Fosun Pharma's current expectations and beliefs of future events, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including the ability to meet the predefined endpoints in clinical trials, commencement and/or completion dates for clinical trials, regulatory submission dates, regulatory approval dates and/or launch dates, as well as risks associated with clinical data, including the possibility of unfavorable new clinical trial data and further analyses of existing clinical trial data; the ability to produce comparable clinical or other results, including our stated rate of vaccine effectiveness and safety and tolerability profile observed to date, in the remainder of the trial or in larger, more diverse populations upon commercialization; the risk that more widespread use of the vaccine will lead to new information about efficacy, safety, or other developments, including the risk of additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious; whether and when any other biologics license and/or emergency use authorization applications may be filed in particular jurisdictions for BNT162b2 or any other potential vaccine candidates; whether and when any applications that may be pending or filed for BNT162b2 may be approved by particular regulatory authorities, which will depend on myriad factors, including making a determination as to whether the vaccine's benefits outweigh its known risks and determination of the vaccine's efficacy; whether the conditions set forth by particular regulatory authorities for conditional approvals could be satisfied on a timely basis; whether and when the production facility may be certified or verified by particular regulatory authorities; disruptions in the relationships between us and our collaboration partners or third-party suppliers; risks related to the availability of raw materials to manufacture a vaccine; whether BioNTech's manufacturing capacity is commensurate with the demand for our vaccine; disruptions in the manufacturing stability; challenges related to our vaccine's ultra-low temperature shipping and storage; whether and when additional supply agreements will be reached and other potential difficulties.

    The information contained in this release is as of July 11, 2021. Fosun Pharma assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.

    A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Fosun Pharma's Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, including in the section thereof captioned “Potential Risks”, all of which are filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange and available at www.hkexnews.hk, www.sse.com.cn and www.fosunpharma.com.