Expiration Dates on J&J COVID Vaccine Extended
Vaccine expiration dates are based on information from drug companies about how long the shots remain viable. J&J said the Food and Drug Administration added six weeks based on data from the company’s ongoing studies on vaccine stability.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing expiration dates on all three vaccines authorized in this country as companies have continued to test batches in the months since the shots first began. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, authorized in December, are valid for six months, and AP mentioned.
Unfortunately, vaccination rates have fallen in recent weeks: the country averaged about 800,000 new injections per day last week. That’s down from nearly 2 million daily snapshots two months ago, the AP mentioned. Government officials and companies have resorted to incentives to encourage the picks, including paid time off and $1 million in lottery prizes.
With vaccinations slowing, Biden’s goal of partially vaccinating 70% of adults by July 4 is in jeopardy. As of Friday, nearly 64% of Americans over the age of 18 had had at least one injection, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
J&J’s vaccine was highly anticipated due to its individual composition and ease of refrigeration. The shot was expected to play a major role in vaccination campaigns in rural areas and low-income countries with limited healthcare. AP mentioned.
Leaders of the Group of Seven, the world’s richest democracies, are expected to promise on Friday that they will send 1 billion doses of COVID vaccines to poor and middle-income countries as part of a “vaccinate the world” campaign by the end of 2022.
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States plans to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, which it will then donate to countries in need around the world. As for the rest of the G-7, the UK will donate 100 million doses, while other members of the G-7 will contribute the rest, AP mentioned.
“This is about our responsibility and our humanitarian commitment to save as many lives as possible,” Biden said in a speech in England on Thursday evening before the start of the G7 meeting. “Whenever we see people getting hurt and suffering anywhere around the world, we strive to help in any way we can.”
Three people familiar with the plan said the United States will send the first of the 200 million doses it donated this year, with another 300 million taking part in the first half of next year. Washington Post Wednesday. COVAX, the WHO-supported initiative to share COVID-19 doses worldwide, will distribute doses to low- and middle-income countries.
On the other hand, 500 million doses is about six times the number of doses distributed by COVAX so far. Mail. On the other hand, it’s just a quarter of the 2 billion doses COVAX aims to distribute this year. So far, COVAX has delivered just under 82 million doses to 129 countries, the newspaper said.
“These doses of Pfizer are going to many countries,” Bolecki said. “The big question is, in what order and in what amount? That will have a huge impact on the impact of compliance on public health.”
The gap between haves and those without vaccines is wide: More than half of the population in the US and Britain have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while less than 2% of people in Africa have had a shot.
“We won’t end this global pandemic anywhere unless we beat it everywhere,” Tom Hart, acting CEO of One Campaign, an organization focused on fighting global poverty and preventable disease, said in a statement. “Donating doses of COVAX will save lives, reduce the spread of variables, and help reopen the global economy. We urge other G7 countries to follow the example of the United States and donate additional doses to COVAX. If there is time for the world with ambition and action to end the pandemic, it is now.”.