FDA authorises an extension of the Covid-19 vaccination shelf life

FDA authorises an extension of the Covid-19 vaccination shelf life. Credit FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have today, Wednesday June 29, announced the authorisation of extending the shelf life of Covid-19 vaccinations from 18 months to 24 months.

The FDA confirmed that the extension is for specific lots of the refrigerated AstraZeneca monoclonal antibody, Evusheld, which is currently authorized for emergency use for the prevention of COVID-19 in certain adults and pediatric individuals.

As a result of this extension, some batches may be stored for an additional 6 months and this applies to all unopened vials of Evusheld.

This news comes just days after the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, did warn that the covid vaccination pass could be reintroduced from August 1st but it would appear he has since backpedalled.

Estrosi issued an alert concerning the resurgence of covid cases in France and in particular in Nice.

He said that “according to the scientists, the number of real cases of covid would be 25 times higher than the official figures”.

Estrosi then added that the wastewater in Nice currently showed a covid rate above 4 per cent and that combined with a new peak is expected in early August could be catastrophic.

From August 3, Nice is reintroducing screening tests, in particular, saliva tests for children and, in addition, pop-up centres will also be set up in anticipation of the start of the school year.

Just hours after making his statement Christian Estrosi appears to backtrack when asked simply saying: “No, no, I have no information,” according to BFM.

When the original statement was announced people were quick to take to Twitter and show their disgust.

One Tweeter responded: “Vax pass back here in France on 1st of August, then s***we only reopened our restaurant 3 weeks ago! We’ll be closing again that’s for sure!”


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