Pfizer Vaccine Can Now Be Stored At Lower Temperatures Much Longer : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can now be stored for up to a month at normal refrigerator temperatures. Micah Green / Bloomberg via Getty Images Hide caption

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The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can now be stored for up to a month at normal refrigerator temperatures.

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The Food and Drug Administration says it’s okay now to stock up on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine normal refrigerator temperatures for up to a month. This is allowed for much longer than before under the FDA’s emergency clearance and makes it easier to store and distribute the vaccine.

The FDA says the change should make the vaccine more widely available by making it easier for doctor’s offices to obtain, store, and administer the vaccine.

“The wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines is key to getting people vaccinated and ending the pandemic,” says Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA Center for Biologics and Research.

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Based on a review of the most recent data submitted by Pfizer Inc, the FDA approves the storage of undiluted, thawed Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine bottles in the refrigerator at 2 ° C to 8 ° C (35 ° F to 46 ° F) for up to 1 month.

Previously, thawed, undiluted vaccine bottles could be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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