COVID-19 For a limited time before administered
Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine can be stored at normal refrigerator temperature for a limited time before being administered.
The company says that its vaccine can now be stored at higher temperatures than first claimed, which could make its distribution easier.
At the start, it was said that the vaccine should be stored between 60 and 80 degrees Celsius below zero for up to five days before use, which has required a special freezer to maintain these low temperatures.
However, now the manufacturer has asked the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow the vaccine content to be stored for up to two weeks between 25 and 15 degrees below zero.
“If approved, this new storage option would offer pharmacies and vaccination centres greater flexibility in managing their supply,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla.