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The Food and Drug Administration has stated that it is now acceptable to store the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Normal refrigerator temperatures for up to a month. This is much longer than was previously permitted under emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration and will make storing and distributing the vaccine easier.
The FDA says the change should make the vaccine more widely available by making it easier for doctors’ offices to obtain, store, and administer the vaccine.
“The widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines is essential to vaccinating people and putting an end to the epidemic,” says Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biology and Research.
Based on a review of recent data provided by Pfizer Inc, the FDA is authorizing vials of undiluted and thawed Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine to be stored in the refrigerator at 2 ° C to 8 ° C (35 ° F to 46 ° F) for Up to 1 month.
Previously, undiluted and thawed vaccine vials could be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.