The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) mentioned Wednesday that Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 undiluted, thawed vaccine might be safely saved in a fridge for as much as a month. Beforehand, the vaccine was solely licensed to be saved underneath such situations for 5 days.
The transfer “ought to make this vaccine extra extensively out there” to People as storage necessities are relaxed, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Middle for Biologics Analysis and Analysis.
“Making COVID-19 vaccines extensively out there is essential to getting individuals vaccinated and bringing the pandemic to an finish,” Marks’ assertion mentioned. “Pfizer Inc. submitted information to the FDA to help storage of undiluted, thawed vials of its COVID-19 vaccine for as much as one month at fridge temperatures. This modification ought to make this vaccine extra extensively out there to the American public by facilitating the power of vaccine suppliers, equivalent to group docs’ workplaces, to obtain, retailer and administer the vaccine.”
The FDA’s resolution comes days after the European Union’s regulator additionally greenlighted the replace. Over 184 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been delivered throughout the U.S., 149 million of which have been administered.
Latest research have advised that Pfizer’s shot and Moderna’s vaccine ought to supply safety in opposition to the Indian coronavirus variant, which was not too long ago upgraded to a variant of concern by the World Well being Group. Within the U.S., officers nonetheless think about the variant to be of “curiosity” slightly than concern.