Australia’s regulator says the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can now be kept at normal freezer temperatures for up to two weeks during transport and at regular fridge temperatures for up to five days.
- Messenger RNA inside the Pfizer vaccine is fragile, which is why it’s transported at sub-zero temperatures
- Data from Pfizer shows the vaccine remains stable for short periods at warmer temperatures
- The US and Europe have already approved transport at these temperatures
Previously, the vaccine needed to be kept at sub-zero temperatures of between -90C and -60C, making transportation logistically challenging.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced the decision late last week.
“These changes will enable greater…