The Hague, Netherlands:
Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine may be stored at regular freezer temperatures for brief intervals as a substitute of in ultra-cold storage, the EU’s medication regulator stated Friday.
The change would assist the “rapid roll-out” of vaccines throughout Europe, the place vaccination campaigns are stalling attributable to provide and logistical points, the European Medicines Agency stated in an announcement.
The EU regulator had “given a positive opinion to allow transportation and storage of vials of this vaccine at temperatures between -25 to -15 degrees Celsius (-13 to 5 Fahrenheit)… for a one-off period of two weeks.”
The EMA stated this was the “temperature of standard pharmaceutical freezers”
“This is an alternative to the long-term storage of the vials at a temperature between -90 to -60 degrees Celsius in special freezers” the Amsterdam-based watchdog added in an announcement.
“It is expected to facilitate the rapid roll-out and distribution of the vaccine in the EU by reducing the need for ultra-low temperature cold storage conditions throughout the supply chain.”
The US made the same choice concerning the Pfizer vaccine on February 25.
The Pfizer vaccine’s excessive effectiveness in opposition to coronavirus has been tempered by the problem of storing and transporting the jab as a result of want for super-cold circumstances.
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