Mitsubishi Tanabe Abandons Commercialization of COVID Vaccine


Osaka, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. said Friday that it has decided to abandon a plan to commercialize a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Canadian subisidiary Medicago Inc., citing difficulties building a mass production system for the vaccine, as well as a decline in demand for such vaccines.

The Japanese firm, based in the western Japan city of Osaka, will cease all operations at the Quebec-based unit and liquidate it.

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, a unit of Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corp. <4188>, started the development of a COVID-19 vaccine in 2020.

In February last year, it obtained approval in Canada to manufacture and sell the Medicago vaccine, Covifenz, the world's first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine.

However, it has been unable to supply the vaccine, struggling to mass-produce it.

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