Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech (NSDQ:BNTX) have submitted data to FDA indicating that their vaccine is stable at –25° C to –15°C. Currently, the vaccine can be stored in an ultra-cold freezer between –80° C and –60° C, according to current CDC guidelines.
Updating the companies’ emergency use authorization prescribing information would be simplify logistics. It would enable vaccine vials to be stored in the warmer temperature range for up to two weeks, reducing the need for ultracold freezers, which are in short supply.
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