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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the expiration date of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine by hundreds of thousands of doses. Otherwise it will expire within the next month. causing the vaccine to be discarded

The FDA approval is extending the shelf life of the J&J vaccine from three months to four and a half months.

The extension is based on ongoing vaccine stability assessment studies. This showed that the single-dose vaccine remained stable and protected for 18 weeks when refrigerated at temperatures between 36 and 46 degrees.

This news is welcome in different states. faced with the prospect of discontinuing the J&J vaccine at its expiration date. in bulk on June 24

Falling demand and the lingering impact of an 11-day freeze on the J&J vaccine has prompted states to Trouble finding willing weapons

Dr Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition, said: “When we have more demand than supply can meet, The expiration date is not a problem. Vaccines are used up as quickly as with a shot in the door”

that have changed in the past month

As of Wednesday, in Arkansas, there were 93,271 doses of the J&J vaccine, 42,971 of which expire on June 23 and another 10,042 on July 4. The Arkansas Department of Health said.

In Iowa, 33,000 doses of the vaccine are about to expire. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

In Ohio, the governor warned that 200,000 doses of J&J would have to be thrown on June 24 if they weren’t received.

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In Arizona, as many as 100,000 doses as of June 23 have yet to find one to use. Other states have reported near-expiring doses as well.

“You have three options,” said John Grabenstein, a former Merck executive and former director of the Pentagon’s military immunization program. You extend the expiration date or you’ll just throw it away.”

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Growing demand has proven difficult. Nearly 52% of people in the United States have received at least one injection of COVID-19. But vaccination rates are dropping to new lows.

Twelve states have seen up to 15 vaccinations per day per 10,000 people; Alabama only had four people per 10,000 inhabitants vaccinated last week.

Moreover Confidence in J&J’s vaccine plummeted after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discontinued the vaccine on April 13, when a small number of thromboembolic patients were taken by the shot.

The pause was lifted after 11 days when an investigation found that of nearly 8 million vaccinated, only 15 had the disease. and 3 people died

The demand for the J&J vaccine is lower than that for the vaccine. Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, even if it’s “one and done”.

The vaccine was approved on February 27, and production increased in April. Unfortunately, it happened while the pause started. As a result, there is an increase in supply even when demand is reduced.

Vaccines produced in April will begin to expire in June. This is why many vaccines have reached their shelf life.

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CDC data this week show that about 10 million doses of the J&J vaccine have not been administered. about half of the dose received When those doses may reach their expiration date is unknown.

Extending shelf life requires extensive testing and FDA approval. J&J and FDA processes have been involved since the vaccine was approved.

while producing vaccines Vaccine vials are kept aside for stability tests to determine how long the vaccine will last, Grabenstein said.

“Every month you test five or 10 bottles and see how they go,” he said. That number is reported to the FDA, which can extend shelf life if certified.

“A vaccine approved 10 years ago may initially stabilize 12 months. Then the test could be extended for another two years.”

‘You are not allowed to guess the expiration date’

When J&J first presented the data to the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products on Feb. 26, the vaccine lasts 3 months when refrigerated at 36 to 46 degrees. It remains stable for two years when frozen. at minus 4 degrees

Each vial of vaccine will be shipped with a code that can be entered on the website. This will notify you when the vaccine bottle expires. which is currently being updated

Even after expiration, J&J’s dosage doesn’t always work, Moore said, but without the data it doesn’t work.

“You are not allowed to guess the expiration date,” she said.

When will everyone be vaccinated for COVID-19? This is how the vaccine was launched.

Any vaccine that is not used by the expiration date must be properly disposed of. This means that the process “control of destruction”, such as burning

“You don’t want this to be diverted to sell substandard or counterfeit vaccines to unsuspecting people,” Grabenstein said.

Some health officials hope to find more constructive answers in the two weeks that remain for some doses.

William Humble, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association Hopefully Arizona will be able to find a way to get the unused vaccine to people in Mexico across the border, where the J&J vaccine is allowed, but with little.

The Arizona Department of Health offers a vaccination option near the border that does not require proof of citizenship. and states participate in the federal vaccine group. This is where vaccines will be donated from abroad, spokesman Steve Elliott said.

Humility recommends a big push to make sure every last dose is taken before the expiration date.

“If we do mass vaccination clinics in Nogales, Arizona, where people can walk across borders, You may be given tens of thousands of doses of the vaccine. If you do it for several days,” he says, “that’s a creative way to not go to waste.”

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