The vaccine for Covid-19 has arrived. But, unlike other vaccines, this vaccine needed standard protocols for storage as well as transportation. As per a recent comment by the US Food and Drug Administration, it is now allowing the scheme for undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer vaccine to be transported at the conventional temperature.
More Flexible Transportation And Storage For Pfizer And BioNTech Vaccine
This means that vaccines can now be transported and stirred at conventional temperature. As per the recent statement, the vaccine can be easily stored in the common refrigerators and freezers found at the pharmaceutical stores. The vaccine can be stored maximum for two weeks at these freezers.
With this information by FDA, people will get more access to vaccines as we have received an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vails of the ultra-low temperature freezer with temperature between (-80-degrees) to (-6–degree). The change about the alternative freezer has been updated in the fact sheet of the Health providers administering vaccination to people.
Pfizer has recently submitted data to FDA and supposed the alternative temperature need for transportation as well as the storage of the vaccine. This new alternative freezer for the storage and transportation of undiluted vials will allow for a flexible and easy transportation.
The alternative scheme will also ease the burden on procurement of ultra-low cold storage equipment for vaccination sites. It will also enable the vaccine to reach the site in a convenient way. The statement was given by Peter Marks who is the director of FDA’s center for biologics Evaluation and Research.
Recently Pfizer informed and submitted data to FDA that said the Covid-19 vaccine prepared by them can remain stable after the storage of the undiluted vials for upto two weeks even in a standard freezer. Healthcare professionals should keep in mind that the alternative storage of the frozen vials is not suitable for the storage and transportation of thawed vials before the dilution happens.
The fact sheet for healthcare professionals has been updated. The change in transportation and storage of the vaccine will definitely benefit the patients and it will also speed up the process of vaccination drive. The factsheet for healthcare professionals is available on the official website of FDA.
FDA is an agency under the United State’s department of Health and Human Services. The main task of FDA is to protect the public health by offering safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs. The agency has also the responsibility for the safety and security of the nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and tobacco products.
Recent information by the FDA is definitely a sign of relief for American people. Due to the change in weather conditions, the vaccination process was distured for a few days. But, the recent information about the storage and transportation in regular freezer is a good sign for Americans. President Biden’s administration is working day and night to make sure that people can get vaccination in a speedy manner. We can just hope for many more happy news in terms of getting rid of the disastrous virus.