Sanofi Pasteur Supports Polio Eradication at First International Stock Exchange Event

By Sanofi Pasteur, PRNE
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sanofi Pasteur Stands Shoulder to Shoulder With Rotary International During NYSE and EURONEXT Bell-ringing Ceremonies

LYON, France and SWIFTWATER, Pennsylvania, February 23, 2011 - Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group
(EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), today will participate in the first
international bell-ringing event by a company listed on NYSE Euronext. The
events will acknowledge past successes and future challenges in the battle to
eradicate polio at the stock exchanges in New York, Paris, Brussels,
Amsterdam and Lisbon.

"Sanofi Pasteur stands shoulder to shoulder with Rotary
International, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation and the myriad of other organizations that are engaged in this
critical effort to save lives," said Olivier Charmeil, President and CEO of
Sanofi Pasteur. "Protecting and improving human health worldwide is the main
mission of Sanofi Pasteur. As a pioneer and leader in the development of
polio vaccine the company stands behind all efforts that will eradicate the

Sanofi Pasteur has been supporting the Global Polio
Eradication Initiative (GPEI) since its launch in 1988. GPEI's spearheading
partners are Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO), the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF. Since that
time, Sanofi Pasteur has provided more than 5 billion doses of polio vaccine.
Between 1997 and 2005, Sanofi Pasteur donated over 120 million doses for
polio eradication to respond to emergency situations in African countries
affected by conflicts. In response to an outbreak in Egypt and a request from
WHO, the company developed the first monovalent oral polio vaccine, which
helped in declaring Egypt polio free in 2006.

Recently, Sanofi Pasteur responded to a UNICEF request by
committing to provide 400 million doses of polio vaccine in 2011-2012 for use
in developing countries. The company has also developed specially formulated
polio vaccines to target specific regions. While the standard oral polio
vaccine (OPV) contains three virus strains, Sanofi Pasteur also supplies
formulations containing one or two strains for specific situations. In
addition to producing multiple formulations of OPV, the company is a leading
supplier of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is available as a
single-disease (polio) prevention vaccine as well as in various pediatric
combination vaccines to help protect against other diseases.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company,
discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the
lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in
New York (NYSE: SNY). For more information, please visit:

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group,
provides more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible
to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in
the vaccine industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines
protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company's heritage, to create
vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is
the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company
invests more than EUR 1 million in research and development. For more
information, please visit: or

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