ALL UK FLU VACCINES THIS YEAR ARE MADE IN LIVERPOOL
If you are a UK resident and you are getting the flu vaccine this year it will have been produced and manufactured in Liverpool.
CSL Seqirus in Liverpool’s Speke suburb is one of Europe’s largest flu jab production sites and makes tens of millions of doses each year.
The new facility represents an investment of nearly £50m creating more than 120 high value jobs.The news comes as experts are warning the UK needs to prepare for a big, early wave of flu season this year.
Seqirus Liverpool is the largest vaccine manufacturing facility in the U.K., producing over 50 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine each year, with the ability to increase production to 200 million doses in the event of an influenza pandemic.
The Liverpool facility now has a high-speed fill-and-finish facility, which enables start-to-finish onshore manufacturing, where previously the vaccine would be sent abroad to be put into syringes. This now shortens supply lead time by more than one to two weeks per batch.
Seqirus is now the largest provider of seasonal influenza vaccines to the U.K. and a major global supplier. The new facility will help meet growing global demand for seasonal influenza vaccines and helps with influenza pandemic preparedness for the U.K.
Sharon McHale, Head of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Seqirus, said: “This is a proud moment for Seqirus and our local partners who helped make this possible.
“Our ability to make vaccines from start-to-finish on our Liverpool site enables us to be better assured of a continued supply of seasonal influenza vaccines in the UK and beyond, and speed response to the next influenza pandemic.”
For more information visit www.seqirus.com