Pfizer extends use of 60,000 doses of Israel's overdue COVID-19 vaccine

The US pharmaceutical company has just agreed to extend the shelf life by 3 months for 60,000 doses of Israel's COVID-19 vaccine, which has expired since July according to the parameters printed on the label.

According to the FDA, the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine can be safely used for 3 months after the expiration date printed on the label, if stored at -90 to -60 degrees Celsius. Photo: Timesofisrael
According to the FDA, the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 COVID-19 vaccine can be safely used for 3 months after the expiration date printed on the label, if stored at -90 to -60 degrees Celsius. Photo: Timesofisrael

According to the Times of Israel, Pfizer has agreed to extend the shelf life for about 60,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the company, which is super-cooled by Israel and has expired according to the original specifications on the packaging at the end of July.

The newspaper quoted information from Channel 13 television channel, saying that the above vaccines were extended to the end of October after recent discussions between the Israeli Ministry of Health and Pfizer leadership.

Previously, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that some doses of vaccines can be used up to 3 months after the expiration date, as long as they are stored in the right conditions.

In a vaccine announcement, the FDA said: “The boxes and vials of our COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer-BioNTech has a shelf life of May 2021 to February 2022 printed on the label and can be used for 3 months after the date of printing as long as storage conditions are maintained between -90ºC and -60ºC.”

In early July, Israel shipped about 700,000 doses of near-expiring drugs to South Korea, as part of an exchange agreement that allows Seoul to immediately use the near-expiring vaccine in exchange for a newer expired vaccine.

At the end of July, there were reports that Israel was about to throw away about 80,000 doses of expired vaccines, but there is no information confirming how these vaccines were actually destroyed.

Israel is struggling to continue to raise vaccination rates amid an increase in infections caused by the Delta variant. The country has also launched a booster vaccination program (third dose) with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Jewish nation is also looking for other solutions to reduce the number of serious cases, reduce the rate of residence in high infection areas. Last week, Israel will begin widespread application of Regeneron's subcutaneously administered synthetic antibody treatment to COVID-19 patients at risk of severe disease, with priority given to unvaccinated individuals.

According to Regeneron, its treatment is credited with helping former US President Donald Trump recover quickly, by using a combination of two types of antibodies, both to treat people infected with the virus and moderate. used as a preventive measure to help people who have been vaccinated stay healthy if they are infected.

An Israeli nursing home resident receives a third dose of the vaccine, July 4, 2021. Photo: Timesofisrael
An Israeli nursing home resident receives a third dose of the vaccine, July 4, 2021. Photo: Timesofisrael

Expired COVID-19 vaccines have become an ominous reality as many rich countries hoard a surplus, and poor countries are delivered so close to their expiration date that they don't have time to deploy them. injection.

Recently, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned that more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will expire and have to be thrown away if not shared with poor countries. Speaking on September 19, Mr Brown said, "it is irrational and unconscionable to throw away 100 million doses of vaccine in the stockpile of rich countries at a time when the poorest countries in the world have to pay the price. lives for waste”.

According to Mr. Brown, if British Prime Minister Borish Johnson, US President Joe Biden and European leaders do not agree to a plan to share saved doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the world will face "a wasteful disaster." vaccine fee”.

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