Avantor, one of the most important companies when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine


Courtesy of Avantor Sciences' Website

Avantor’s production of COVID-19 vaccines is a major reason for the accessibility of the vaccine in the US.

Taylor Koch, Editor

Avantor, is a leading global provider of healthcare products and services. What most people don’t know is that this business in Bourbon County actually produces six out of the sixteen products for the COVID-19 vaccine. Not only has it saved millions of lives, but it has brought over twelve thousand jobs globally. 

Products based off Avantor that are in the vaccine: 

  1. mRNA 

Also known as messenger ribonucleic acid, mRNA is the only active ingredient in the vaccine. The mRNA molecules contain the genetic material that provide instructions for our body on how to make a viral protein that triggers an immune response within our bodies. The immune response is what causes our bodies to make the antibodies needed to protect us from getting infected if exposed to the coronavirus.” 

      2. Lipids 

The following lipids are in the new COVID vaccine. Their main role is to protect the mRNA and provide somewhat of a “greasy” exterior that helps the mRNA slide inside the cells.” 

  • ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis
  • (2-hexyldecanoic), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-di tetradecyl acetamide
  • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn glycero-3- phosphocholine
  • cholesterol

      3. Salts 

The following salts are in the COVID-19 vaccine:

  •  potassium chloride 
  • dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate 
  • sodium chloride (also known as table salt)
  • monobasic potassium phosphate 

      4. Sugars (basic sugars, specifically sucrose, also known as table sugar)

      5. Acetic acid

      6. Ethanol 

 Avantor has produced all of these molecules and ingredients for the vaccine. This business is very beneficial for not only our county, state, but the whole nation. In an interview, professionals explained what their setbacks were, especially when it comes to money, but also listed reasons Avantor is one of the most beneficial businesses in the nation. Reasons include saving lives, bringing job opportunities around the country, and expressing what they exactly do, because they are not always the main focus, but more of behind the scenes.