Drug firm Panacea Biotec has received an order worth R187.61 crore from the government to supply polio vaccines till May 2013. The company will supply 345 million doses of trivalent oral Polio Vaccines (tOPV) and Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) between December 2012 and May 2013, Panacea Biotec said in a statement.
The company has received the order to meet the requirements of national immunisation days (NIDs) and supplementary national immunisation days (SNIDS), it added. As part of the order, the company would supply 125 million doses of tOPV in the current month and 70 million doses in January 2013, the company said. It will also supply a total of 150 million doses of bOPV during the two months, it added.