KOMPAS.com- As is known, the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer with BioNTech is a superior vaccine candidate that has high efficacy.
However, one of the problems with the Pfizer vaccine facing many countries around the world is its storage system which requires a refrigerator with a very low temperature.
Promising new data have shown that the Pfizer vaccine may be able to overcome extremely cold storage requirements.
Given that new research requires how effective the injection of the corona virus vaccine based on messenger RNA (mRNA) is.
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Reporting from Business Insider, Monday (22/2/2021), currently Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that they can store the Covid-19 vaccine at a higher temperature.
New data from Pfizer shows the results of the injection vaccine they developed can be stored at temperatures between minus 13 degrees and 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 25 degrees to minus 5 degrees Celsius) for up to two weeks.
That is, from the data shown by Pfizer, it shows that this temperature is an alternative or complement to storing the mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine which should be stored in a freezer at very low temperature.
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“We appreciate the continued collaboration with the FDA and CDC, as we work to ensure our vaccines can be shipped and stored in increasingly flexible conditions,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in a press release.
Bourla added that if approved, the new storage option will offer pharmacies and vaccination centers more flexibility in managing Pfizer’s vaccine supply.
“The data do not show any change in the efficacy of the vaccine’s ability to protect against Covid-19 disease, when stored at higher temperatures,” said Pfizer spokesman Jerica Pitts.
The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines are the first Covid-19 vaccines approved in the United States, but every bottle of this mRNA-based coronavirus vaccine today is stored in extremely cold freezer temperatures, between minus 112 to minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Therefore, many parties regret that, because for sure this Pfizer mRNA vaccine will be very difficult to transport and store, before it is used to vaccinate people.
One dose of Pfizer vaccine is effective at preventing infection
More than 57 million doses of the vaccine have been given in the US, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In April, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that nearly everyone and anyone in the US will begin to have access to the Covid-19 vaccine.
“The majority of people can be vaccinated in mid-summer,” added Fauci.
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To date, there are only two approved coronavirus vaccines in the US.
In addition to the Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer and BioNTech, which are the same-based vaccine, mRNA developed by Moderna, which also recommends the use of two doses of the vaccine.
Another vaccine candidate from Johnson & Johnson released phase 3 trial data in late January, outlining the safety and efficacy of a single injection of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The injection was shown to be 66 percent effective at preventing mild and moderate infections, and 85 percent effective at preventing serious illness.
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J&J has submitted its vaccine for emergency use authorization with the FDA, and a decision could be taken before the end of February.
Previously, data from a study conducted by Israeli researchers at the Sheba Medical Center showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was very effective with just one dose.
In a study published in the journal Lancet Medical Journal, the hospital has observed that the infection rate within 15-28 days after the first dose was given, was reduced by 85 percent.
However, Pfizer-BioNTech still recommends that patients get two full doses of this mRNA vaccine.
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