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The research object of the report is human vaccines. According to different types and sources, vaccines can be divided into pathogenic protein vaccines, recombinant protein vaccines, immune protein vaccines and gene vaccines.
In China, vaccines are generally divided into Vaccine I and Vaccine II. Vaccine I is offered for free, and it’s priced and purchased uniformly by the government, covering the major epidemic diseases of Hepatitis B, epidemic cerebro-spinal meningitis, Tetanus, etc. Vaccine II are other vaccines inoculated voluntarily at residents’ own expense. It is independently priced and has large profit margins, but there are intense competitions in the market. The frequently-used Vaccine II includes Pneumonia vaccine, Varicella Vaccine, Type B Haemophilus Influenzae Conjugate Vaccine, Influenza Vaccine, Rabies Vaccine and so on. In China, the Vaccine I market is occupied by state-owned enterprises, while foreign-funded enterprises and private enterprises have certain advantages in Vaccine II market.
In 2012, the scale of the Chinese vaccine market was about CNY 19 billion, while the scale of the pharmaceutical industry was about CNY 1.78 trillion in the same period. The sales revenue of the Chinese vaccine industry was only about 1% of that of the pharmaceutical industry far below the global average level of 3%, estimated by CRI. There is still much space for growth. China has the largest population in the world with 10 million newborns yearly. Meanwhile, the aging of the society is increasingly serious. With the economic development and increasingly frequent population immigrations, it inevitably widens the spreading range and increases the speed of disease spreading. Accordingly, new epidemic diseases (Avian Influenza, Influenza A H1N1 and so on) occur frequently.
Data from China’s Ministry of Health shows, in 2012, China reported 3,216,900 cases of Class A and B infectious diseases, with 16,721 dead. The reported incidence of Class A, B infectious diseases is 238.76/0.1million and the death rate is 1.24/0.1million. In 2012, China reported 3,734,500 cases of Class C infectious diseases, with 594 dead. The reported incidence of Class C infectious diseases is 277.18/0.1million and the death rate is 0.04/0.1 million. China’s infectious disease incidence reflects a growing trend comparing with that in previous years, which gradually prompts government’s attention on prevention and control of infectious diseases and planned immunization coverage is expanding; public awareness of vaccination is also increasing continuously which promotes the growth of the vaccine market.
In China, there are over 30 human vaccine manufacturing enterprises with annual production of over 1 billion including about 40 kinds of vaccines against more than 20 kinds of viruses. With years of technological accumulation, some private vaccine enterprises make a big breakthrough in the technical fields and Vaccine II market.
The great potential demand of China’s human vaccine market attracts many leading enterprises of international vaccine industry to speed up the layout in China. In 2008, Sanofi Pasteur invested USD 94 million to build vaccine factories in Shenzhen. In 2009, Novartis bought 85% of shares of Zhejiang Tianhua Co., Ltd. at the cost of USD 125 million which was approved in March 2011. In May 2011, GSK ended the cooperation with Watson Biological Company; in June it bought 51% shares of Haiwang Yingtelong Biotechnology Co., Ltd. at the cost of GBP 24 million and established wholly-owned subsidiary company. In September 2011, GlaxoSmithKline signed contracts with Sinopharm, Shanghai Zuellig Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Beijing Keyuan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The three distributors are responsible for the business of North China, Central China and South China respectively and provide services to customers through the cold chain logistics system covering all over the country.
CRI forecasts that China vaccine market will maintain a rapid growth in the future years, but the competition will be fiercer. Some less competitive enterprises will go bankrupt or be merged and reorganized, and the concentration rate of vaccine market will rise continually.
Due to the low vaccination rate in China, there’s much space for future growth. With the increase of China’s income per capita, residents’ health awareness and their ability to pay, the vaccine market will get more opportunities and shares.
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