Preparing for the Flu Pandemic Partnership

Strengthen global pandemic preparedness by working with governments, private companies and other organizations.

Preparing for Pandemic Flu

Roche works closely with the WHO to maintain Tamiflu stockpiles for distribution by the WHO to countries in need during a pandemic. The stockpiles can also be used for preventative measures to quickly contain and manage local outbreaks. Roche also works with governments, private companies and other organisations to strengthen their global pandemic preparedness.

Since 2005 Roche has provided Tamiflu capsules and active pharmaceutical ingredient to governments for use in the event of a pandemic at substantially reduced prices. Low income countries can purchase Tamiflu at further reduced prices (see pricing information on website). Roche has also developed a pandemic preparedness plan, in association with the WHO and governments, that forms the basis of many company plans.

Since some low-income countries are unable to create an adequate stockpile of Tamiflu, even with reduced prices, in 2009 the company launched the Tamiflu Reserves Program for member countries of the GAVI Alliance, excluding India. Through the program Roche offers Tamiflu at further reduced prices and a spread payment over a number of years.

Partnership objectives:

  • Enable ready and rapid access to Tamiflu (oseltamivir) in the event of a flu pandemic.
  • Strengthen global pandemic preparedness by working with governments, private companies and other organizations.


  • Roche International

    Development Consulting, Works & Construction
    Canada | Staff size: 501-1000

    Drawing on the knowledge and professionalism of its 1,500 employees, Roche Ltd, Consulting Group is now a major Canadian engineering-construction firm that was founded in La Malbaie, Quebec, in...

  • Aspen Pharmacare

    Goods Supplier
    South Africa | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited is a multinational South African holding company for pharmaceutical concerns. The Group is committed to sustaining life and promoting healthcare through...

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services....

  • European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC)

    Government, Institute
    Staff size: 251-500

    The European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. It is an EU agency with aim to strengthen Europe’s defenses against infectious diseases. It is seated...

  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)

    Implementing NGO, Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Gavi is an international organisation that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Based in Geneva,...

  • HEC Pharm Group

    Goods Supplier
    China | Staff size: 1001-5000

    HEC Pharm is the subsidiary of HEC Group, a research-based and internationally oriented company.

    They have set themselves the goal of improving the health of people by...

  • Hetero Drugs Ltd.

    Goods Supplier
    Pakistan | Staff size: 10,000+

    Hetero is a research based global pharmaceutical company focused on development, manufacturing and marketing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), Intermediate Chemicals & Finished...

  • Shanghai Pharmaceuticals

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    China | Staff size: 10,000+

    Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co., Ltd.(hereinafter as Shanghai Pharma, SSE stock code 601607 and HKEx stock code 02607) is a large pharmaceutical group to have a dual-listing in the...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2005