COVID-19: Regulator Extends Pfizer Jab Refrigerator Time To One Month UK News
The length of time the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine can be stored unopened in the refrigerator has been increased from five days to one month.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has previously advised that vials must be kept at an extremely low temperature between minus 70 ° C and minus 80 ° C for up to a few days before use before they can be transferred to a standard medical refrigerator.
However, the EMA said in a statement that it had extended the approved storage time for an unopened thawed vial stored in a refrigerator between 2 ° C and 8 ° C from five days to one month.
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“The change was approved after the MAH submitted additional data on stability studies to EMA,” the agency said.
It was expected that increased flexibility in the storage and handling of the vaccine would have a “significant impact” on the planning and logistics of the introduction of vaccines in EU Member States.
It comes just days after research showed that a 12-week gap between Pfizer doses significantly increased immune responses in the elderly.
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The antibody response in people over 80 is three and a half times higher in people who received the second dose after 12 weeks, compared to a three-week interval, the study conducted by the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Public Health England. found.
BioNTech said on May 10 that there was no evidence that the sting needed to be updated to protect against variants.
The UK government ordered an additional 60 million doses of the vaccine as part of its plans for a booster program this fall.
It is expected that the most vulnerable groups of people, including the elderly, will be offered another push before next winter.
The additional order brings the total number of Pfizer cans ordered by the UK to 100 million.