Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Can Be Stored In A Refrigerator For 1 Month
The European Union’s (EU) drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), reported that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine developed against the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) can be stored in normal refrigerator conditions for up to 1 month.
EMA announced changes to the recommendation on storage conditions of the vaccine called “Comirnaty” developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
In the statement, which pointed out that additional studies were carried out on the storage conditions of the vaccines, it was stated that the unopened vaccine bottles taken from the deep freezer could be stored for up to 31 days instead of 5 days in normal refrigerator conditions at 2 to 8 degrees.
In the statement, it was pointed out that the flexibility provided for the storage and transportation of the vaccine will contribute to vaccine logistics and application planning.
The BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine was approved by the EU in December 2020 and the use of the vaccine started at the beginning of the year.
The EU has 2.4 billion doses of vaccine purchase contracts with BioNTech-Pfizer, including options.
In February, U.S. officials confirmed that the BioNTech – Pfizer vaccine can be stored at temperatures between -80 and -60 degrees Celsius, with storage and transport at standard freezing temperatures for up to two weeks at -15 to -25 degrees Celsius.
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