Pfizer and BioNTech have submitted new information to the Meals and Drug Administration displaying that their coronavirus vaccine might be saved at increased temperatures, a growth that limits logistical challenges posed by transporting and storing a vaccine that till now has required extraordinarily chilly storage.
In a press release Friday, Pfizer stated the information demonstrates “the steadiness” of its COVID-19 vaccine when saved at minus 13 levels to minus 5 levels Fahrenheit – temperatures extra generally present in freezers and fridges in pharmacies.
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Vaccine vials would be capable to be saved at these temperatures for a complete of two weeks “in its place or complement to storage in an ultra-low temperature freezer,” the discharge acknowledged.
Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine is at the moment labeled as needing to be saved at minus 112 levels to minus 76 levels for as much as six months.
The vaccines at the moment have to be transported in specifically designed thermal containers, which can be utilized as short-term storage for a month if they’re refilled with dry ice each 5 days.
Because of its have to be saved at such chilly temperatures, the Pfizer vaccine poses a problem for areas and amenities that do not have entry to ultra-cold freezers, making it much less accessible as not all native pharmacies or vaccination websites have the wanted storage.
Pfizer added that it anticipates the shelf life and expiration date of its vaccine could possibly be prolonged and various short-term temperature storage could possibly be thought-about as further stability information is obtained.