EU is asked to approve extra dose from Pfizer vaccine vials

The European Union was asked on Tuesday to enable an extra dose of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to be taken from every vial, a follow allowed elsewhere that may make scarce provides go additional.

Experts say it is doable to receive six doses from every vial, greater than the 5 authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated he had raised the matter with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen with a view to in search of EMA clearance for the extra shot as quickly as doable.

The vaccine, made by Pfizer of the United States and the German biotech startup BioNTech, is the one one to win EU approval to this point, and is already being administered.

But provides are tight and rising coronavirus infections are stretching hospitals to the restrict.

BioNTech stated every vial was assured to yield 5 doses, however that it was doable, with the best needle and syringe, to extract a sixth.

"We are in discussions with regulatory authorities whether and how the sixth dose, as well as the required needles or syringes for such a low-dead-volume system, could be made available," a BioNTech spokesperson stated.

Italian regulators have already authorized the drawing of six doses, overriding EMA steerage for the EU as an entire.

Similar approvals have been issued by regulators within the United States, Britain, Switzerland and Israel – which all made an earlier begin to their vaccination campaigns.

Soren Brostrom, head of the Danish Health Authority, stated it was even doable to draw a seventh dose from some Pfizer vials, and that it is likely to be possible to vaccinate greater than the 250,000 individuals envisaged within the first two months of Denmark's marketing campaign.

The EU has signed offers to purchase a complete of two billion vaccine doses, which can be distributed to member states in proportion to their populations. The EMA didn’t reply to a request for remark.

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