Our Work
in Vaccines

A Public Health Story

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health success stories in history, and Merck has played its part in that story.

Vaccines are a powerful force of health and health development, and their globalization is not just a business necessity but a public health obligation.

Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H, executive vice president & chief patient officer, Merck

About Merck Vaccines

Merck has a long history of researching, developing, manufacturing and distributing vaccines for children, adolescents and adults.

At Merck, we draw our strength from knowing that our company chooses to fight some of the world’s most challenging, unmet global health threats. Developing and producing vaccines that help protect public health is more than a business decision. It’s a shared mission.

John Markels, Ph.D., president, Merck Vaccines

Our strength is our people, working passionately every day to help solve some of the world’s biggest and most persistent health problems.

Beth-Ann Coller, Ph.D.
executive director, Clinical Development

Curiosity, inventiveness, and a passion for excellence are the qualities that drive Merck people to discover what’s possible as they work to help improve health around the world.

Merck remains dedicated to the complex business of researching and producing vaccines, conducting cutting edge research programs to identify and develop new vaccines to address significant medical needs.

Vaccines manufacturing and development is complex, time intensive and takes vast resources, investment and ingenuity.

New or expanded vaccination programs around the world have created an unprecedented increase in global demand for vaccines, including many produced by Merck.

To meet this demand, we are continuing to make investments in our manufacturing capability to help protect one billion more lives by 2030.

Vaccine History at Merck

Merck and its legacy companies have been working to discover and develop vaccines for more than a century.

A better tomorrow is ingrained in our legacy, starting with Dr. Maurice Hilleman, who developed more than 40 human and animal vaccines over his career. That legacy continues today with our dedicated researchers.


Learn more about Merck’s vaccine history:
Vaccine Pioneers
Vaccines: Our History, Our Legacy

OUR WORK Continues

We've done great things in the past. Today, we're doing great things for the future.


Merck continues its commitment to helping find solutions to diseases that affect people everywhere in the world across all ages. With state-of-the-art facilities, top scientists and a legacy of successes, Merck is at the forefront of discovering and developing vaccines to help prevent disease.

Merck is proud to be part of unprecedented collaborations being undertaken to aid in the fight against Ebola. Through our collaborations, we continue the tradition of working to discover vaccines for emerging infectious diseases.

ACCESS TO VACCINES

Our commitment is steadfast as we work to increase access to our vaccines now and in the future.

We demonstrate this commitment through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships to help people around the world lead healthier lives.

Though progress on global vaccination has been substantial, vaccines have yet to reach all those in the world who need them.

In partnership with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and the professional medical community, Merck provides technical expertise, in-kind contributions and financial support in an ongoing effort to help address vaccine preventable diseases worldwide.

Merck believes it has a role and responsibility in improving access to vaccines worldwide.

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