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SIGA Announces Public Health Agency of Canada Contract Award to Purchase Up To Approximately $33 Million of Oral TPOXX®

Wed 13th January, 2021 9:45pm
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Second Contract by a Canadian Governmental Agency for the Procurement of Oral

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SIGA Technologies, Inc. (SIGA)
(NASDAQ: SIGA), a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the
health security market, today announced that the Public Health Agency of
Canada (PHAC) has awarded a contract to Meridian Medical Technologies,
Inc. (“Meridian”, a Pfizer Company) (the “Contract”) for the purchase
up to approximately $33 million of oral TPOXX® (tecovirimat) within five
years. The Contract specifies firm commitments for the purchase of
approximately $3.4 million of oral TPOXX by March 31, 2021 and a cumulative
purchase of approximately $17.2 million of oral TPOXX by March 31, 2023; the
remaining courses under the Contract are scheduled to be purchased after March
31, 2023 and are subject to option exercise by PHAC. The Contract award
follows, but is separate and incremental to, the issuance in April, 2020 of a
contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence (CDND) for the
delivery of up to approximately $14 million of oral TPOXX.

“We are pleased to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada to supply
oral TPOXX, which highlights the importance of smallpox preparedness for not
only the military, but also for civilian populations. Both the United States
and Canada have underscored the critical role of preparedness for a smallpox
outbreak with contracts for the procurement of TPOXX,” said Dr. Phil Gomez,
CEO of SIGA Technologies. “We are continuing to work collaboratively with
our partner, Meridian as well as the Department of Defence and the Canadian
Public Health Agency to support procurement needs for TPOXX to protect
Canada’s military and civilian populations, as well as additional
jurisdictions around the world.”

As with all international sales of TPOXX, Meridian is the counterparty to the
contract and SIGA will be responsible for the manufacture and delivery of

SIGA anticipates Canadian regulatory approval in late 2021 or early 2022.

In May 2019, SIGA entered into an international promotion agreement with
Meridian. Under the agreement, Meridian will promote the sale of oral TPOXX
for the treatment of smallpox in all international markets, except the United
States. SIGA will continue to own all rights to the product and its related
intellectual property.


SIGA Technologies, Inc. is a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company focused
on the health security market. Health security comprises countermeasures for
biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear attacks (biodefense market),
vaccines and therapies for emerging infectious diseases, and health
preparedness. Our lead product is TPOXX(®), also known as tecovirimat and
ST-246(®), an orally administered and IV formulation antiviral drug for the
treatment of human smallpox disease caused by variola virus. TPOXX is a novel
small-molecule drug and the US maintains a stockpile of 1.7 million oral
courses in the Strategic National Stockpile under Project BioShield. The oral
formulation of TPOXX was approved by the FDA for the treatment of smallpox on
July 13, 2018. In September 2018, SIGA signed a contract with Biomedical
Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for additional procurement
and development related to both oral and intravenous formulations of TPOXX.
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Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc., a Pfizer company, has been putting
emergency care treatment options into the hands of military and civilian
defenders for more than 50 years. Meridian is committed to help defend against
critical, time-sensitive, life-or-death situations by providing medical
countermeasures to the United States Department of Defense, Emergency Medical
Services, Homeland Security, and more than 30 nations around the world.

Meridian holds a federal SAFETY Act designation and certification from the
Department of Homeland Security for its portfolio of auto-injectors. The
SAFETY Act is intended to provide critical incentives for the development and
deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by providing liability protections
for sellers of qualified anti-terrorism technologies.

About Smallpox(1)

Smallpox is a contagious, disfiguring and often deadly disease that has
affected humans for thousands of years. Naturally occurring smallpox was
eradicated worldwide by 1980, the result of an unprecedented global
immunization campaign. Samples of smallpox virus have been kept for research
purposes. This has led to concerns that smallpox could someday be used as a
biological warfare agent. A vaccine can prevent smallpox, but the risk of the
current vaccine's side effects is too high to justify routine vaccination for
people at low risk of exposure to the smallpox virus.


This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.
Such forward-looking statements are subject to various known and unknown risks
and uncertainties, and SIGA cautions you that any forward-looking information
provided by or on behalf of SIGA is not a guarantee of future performance.
More detailed information about SIGA and risk factors that may affect the
realization of forward-looking statements, including the forward-looking
statements in this press release, is set forth in SIGA's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including SIGA's Annual Report on Form
10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, and in other documents that
SIGA has filed with the SEC. SIGA urges investors and security holders to read
those documents free of charge at the SEC's web site at
Interested parties may also obtain those documents free of charge from SIGA.
Forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such
statements were made, and except for our ongoing obligations under the United
States of America federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to
update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.

The information contained in this press release does not necessarily reflect
the position or the policy of the Government and no official endorsement
should be inferred.


David Carey 

Stephanie Seiler



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