FDA extends shelf life for Johnson & Johnson vaccine to 4 1/2 months
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The US Food and Drug Administration authorized an extension of the shelf life of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, the company said in a statement Thursday.
(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration authorized an extension of the shelf life of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, the company said in a statement Thursday.
The move increases the refrigerated storage time for the vaccine from 3 months to 4 1/2 months, and comes as some states said currently available doses were set to expire at the end of this month, potentially before being used.
"It is an issue that there are expiring doses -- I would imagine in every state," a source familiar with the federal vaccination effort told CNN on Wednesday.
Kate Cook, a former senior official at the FDA who now serves as executive vice president of drugs and biological products at the firm GreenHealth Inc. in Washington, DC, said that if a state wants to share its allocated coronavirus vaccine doses with another state, she thinks the move would require a green light from the federal government.
A similar regulatory process could be needed for a state to share extra vaccine doses with another country, but it would be more complex, she said.
McClellan, the former FDA commissioner, said the United States' "excess supplies" of the shot exist in case of complications such as emerging variants or demand for a booster shot, and that the US needs to increase vaccine donations to other countries.