Sanofi has partnered with AstraZeneca to double down on the two companies’ commitments to finally help bring RSV, a pervasive and life-threatening infection for very young children, under control in the future. We have extensive initiatives underway to help better understand, engage and support health care providers, patients and their families both today and in the future–work that we hope one day will include supporting effective immunization programs.
The evolving COVID-19 pandemic is so ubiquitous, not only in the virus’ spread but also in its share of media attention, it may feel hard to think about anything else. But it’s critical to maintain focus and public dialogue on medical progress against other life-threatening infectious diseases, too. In addition to the search for a vaccine against COVID-19, Sanofi continues to develop new medicines and vaccines for other diseases, despite new challenges brought by the pandemic.
Among this work is a partnership with pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, in which the companies are seeking to extend protection against respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. What many don’t know is that RSV is a common respiratory infection–one that it is so pervasive it threatens every child in their first years of life.1 If this fact surprises you, it’s because most people are not familiar with the name of the virus–only the various respiratory symptoms it causes in the very young.
All infants at risk from RSV
If you’re a parent, you’ll likely remember the dread that came during winter or rainy months when your child was very young. Respiratory infections are common in cold or wet seasons at young ages, and some cases can be quite severe and scary for parents. If your infant had bronchiolitis–a common lung infection that causes inflammation of the small airway passages, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing–it’s likely your newborn had an RSV infection.
Baptiste was only one when he was hospitalized for RSV.
He is now three years old and continues to struggle with asthma during the winter season.
Awareness: the first step to prevention
Find Out More About RSV
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common and contagious seasonal virus, is a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection, mainly bronchiolitis and pneumonia, in infants and young children, resulting in annual epidemics worldwide.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About RSV. https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/about/index.html. Accessed November 2019.
 Adamko DJ, Friesen M. Why does respiratory syncytiual virus appear tot cause Asthma? Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2012; 130(1);101-102. Doi: 10.1016.j.jaci.2012.05.024
 Hall CB, et al. Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Hospitalizations Among Children Less Than 24 Months of Age. Pediatrics, 132(2). doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0303
 Piedimonte G, Perez M. Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection and Bronchiolitis. Pediatrics in Review (2014) 35:519-530.