FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Doesn’t Need Ultra-Cold Storage

FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Doesn’t Need Ultra-Cold Storage

Still, the temperature requirement meant some locations opted not to order the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. While that’s a shorter time period than the six months that the vaccine can be stored in freezers reaching ultra-cold temperatures, the option could give more hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and health clinics the flexibility they need to effectively store and administer doses of the vaccine. “It gives people more storage options, and more accessibility in locations that today may not be ordering the Pfizer vaccine,” says Tanya Alcorn, vice president of Pfizer’s BioPharma Global Supply Chain. “We had plenty of data on stability at the ultra-cold temperatures,” says Ruesch. Pfizer-BioNTech has been scrambling to meet aggressive production targets after a slower-than-expected rollout has left states and jurisdictions short on doses.

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