Today and throughout October we celebrate National Manufacturing Day in honor of all of our dedicated US Industrial Affairs colleagues. Sanofi’s Head of US Vaccine Manufacturing, Rakesh Kakkar, Ph.D., reflects on all those who show up no matter what to make sure our medicines and products get to the people who need them.
As head of Sanofi’s US vaccine manufacturing, and with over 20 years of experience in the industry – I like to think I know excellence when I see it. Every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, I witness over 2000 Sanofi employees tirelessly demonstrate dedication, resilience, and collaboration in order to provide lifesaving vaccines to more than 84 countries around the world. That is true excellence. That excellence is the driving force behind our credo – We believe in a world where no one suffers or dies from a vaccine preventable disease.
This work ethic and commitment carries through all of our US and global manufacturing sites (which we refer to as Industrial Affairs). To recognize this incredible contribution, Sanofi is celebrating US National Manufacturing Day today and throughout October in honor of all of our devoted colleagues in the United States.
The work we do is demanding but rewarding, and we work tirelessly to fulfill a critical need within global healthcare. Together, we are in a unique position to not only produce our existing therapies and vaccines, but to provide a solution to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we wait for the results of our Phase I/II clinical trial, we’re continuing to focus on our priorities, we are anticipating supply of all of our medicines, including producing and shipping vaccines for this year’s Northern Hemisphere influenza campaign. In fact, this season we’re producing more doses than ever before – approximately 96 million, with the goal of helping to protect even more people against this devasting virus.
Even as our teams navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic, both at work and at home, they have stepped up, supported one another and are more productive than ever. Our people are essential to our business and our obligation to those who need our products and medicines around the world. They are truly heroes and I have nothing but gratitude and respect for the work they do every day. I am proud to call them colleagues and I am honored to be a part of an organization that has such a large, lasting impact on the health of not only our families, friends and neighbors, but on society.
To my colleagues -- from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. And I hope you realize how important your role is for people around the world now and in the future.