The Hague, Netherlands:
Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine could be stored at regular freezer temperatures for brief intervals as an alternative of in ultra-cold storage, the EU’s medication regulator mentioned Friday.
The change would assist the “fast roll-out” of vaccines throughout Europe, the place vaccination campaigns are stalling as a consequence of provide and logistical points, the European Medicines Company mentioned in a press release.
The EU regulator had “given a optimistic opinion to permit transportation and storage of vials of this vaccine at temperatures between -25 to -15 levels Celsius (-13 to five Fahrenheit)… for a one-off interval of two weeks.”
The EMA mentioned this was the “temperature of ordinary pharmaceutical freezers”
“That is a substitute for the long-term storage of the vials at a temperature between -90 to -60 levels Celsius in particular freezers” the Amsterdam-based watchdog added in a press release.
“It’s anticipated to facilitate the fast roll-out and distribution of the vaccine within the EU by lowering the necessity for ultra-low temperature chilly storage situations all through the availability chain.”
The US made an analogous determination in regards to 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 because of the want for super-cold situations.
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