As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. slows and some are worried about Johnson and Johnson being shot and binding to rare blood clots, senior White House officials are urging governors to reconsider doses with the FDA. calls for consultation. validity period.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although only 11.2 million of the 303 million vaccine doses used were delivered to 21.4 million, Johnson and Johnson were fascinated. Several states have reported that thousands of people remain on the shelves.
Danielle Hilborn, who oversees COVID-19 vaccines for McLaren Health Care Corp. in Michigan, said, “By the end of June, we can’t have a few thousand deadlines.” said the Wall Street Journal.
At a recent press briefing on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior adviser on COVID-19, said the figure represents “a very small fraction.”
“There are so few doses sent to the states that they aren’t used in the end,” Slavitt said. “It will be so – it’s a staggering amount and in fact will have no effect on our commitment to distribute vaccines globally.”
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Slavitt reiterated President Biden’s commitment to send 80 million doses abroad, but that doesn’t mean the doses that have already been distributed to the states will be returned.
“So we urge every governor who is concerned that their doses may run out of doses to work directly with the FDA on storage procedures as we continue to investigate. Doses are potentially longer. processes that allow storage, while undergoing these tests. ”
Johnson and Johnson said its vaccine is expected to be stored for two years at a temperature of -20 degrees C and a maximum refrigeration of 2 to 8 degrees for a maximum of three months, the frozen shelf life is years, the product is shipped in containers from 2 to 8 degrees and not frozen again that is, states will need 3 months to distribute them.
In Ohio, the state estimates the number of doses to expire is more than 200,000, and there is no legal way for the state to redistribute them to other states or countries in need.
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However, Slavitt noted that “every dose prescribed by a state governor is used” and that “there are a lot of people across the country, in every state who are still unvaccinated, who are at risk and who need to be vaccinated.” have the rights they have. ”