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U.S. extends expiration dates for J&J COVID vaccine by 6 weeks

Johnson & Johnson stated Thursday that U.S. regulators prolonged the expiration date on thousands and thousands of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.

The corporate stated a Meals and Drug Administration overview concluded the pictures stay secure and efficient for at the very least 4 1/2 months. In February, the FDA initially licensed J&J’s vaccine for as much as three months when saved at regular refrigeration ranges.

Thursday’s announcement comes after state officers warned that many doses in storage would expire earlier than the top of the month.

Vaccine expiration dates are primarily based on data from drugmakers on how lengthy the pictures keep on the proper energy. J&J stated the FDA added six weeks primarily based on information from ongoing research assessing the vaccine’s stability.

The FDA has been reviewing expiration dates on all three U.S. licensed vaccines as firms have continued to check batches within the

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