The US Food and Drug Administration has agreed to extend the expiry date of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine to six months, pushing it out for the second time as states “drowning” in jabs struggle to get rid of them.
The Big Pharma firm said in a statement on Wednesday that the FDA had approved the new expiration date, adding that the decision had been “based on data from ongoing stability assessment studies, which have demonstrated the vaccine is stable at six months.”
The regulator said in a letter (read below) to J&J that the extended shelf life would also apply to batches that had previously expired as long as they had been stored at a specified temperature.
Wednesday’s extension is the second approved for the J&J shot, with the FDA extending its original three-month life span to four-and-a-half months on June 10. That move came as officials in a number of states warned that their unused doses would expire before the end of June.
Last week, the medical news outlet Stat reported that “several state health departments” had recently called on the federal government to “redistribute their supply to other countries,” pointing to fears the doses would soon be rendered useless.
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“We’re drowning in this stuff,” Robert Ator, who heads up Arkansas’ vaccine roll-out, said of the state’s stockpile. “It’s starting to get a bit silly and we want to make sure we’re being good stewards.”
Stat observed that waste could be avoided if health officials agreed to extend the vaccines’ shelf lives, but noted “such expiration dates can only be extended so far.”
In New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania alone, more than 800,000 J&J doses were at risk of going to waste as of late June, as health officials struggled to convince residents to receive the jab.
Some of the reluctance may stem from an FDA order to halt the J&J roll-out in April to look into potentially serious side effects. While it determined the adverse reactions were highly uncommon, that scare – as well as others since – may have been enough to turn off some residents for good.
The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the nervous system and can result in paralysis.
The new FDA warning marks another setback for a vaccine that was temporarily suspended from use in April on concern that it could cause dangerous blood clots.
The US CDC and FDA lifted their recommended pause on use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine with a condition that it will now include a safety label warning that its vaccine comes with blood clot risks.
German scientists found the exact 2 step process how the COVID-19 vaccine causes blood clots in recipients. They describe a series of events that has to happen in the body before the vaccines create these large clots.
The scientists found out how the broken parts of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines branded as Covishield in India mutate to trigger blood clots in recipients.
Scientists say the vaccine is sent into the cell nucleus instead of surrounding fluid, where parts of it break off and create mutated versions of themselves. The mutated versions then enter the body and trigger the blood clots.
Another shocking study has revealed the terrifying dangers of even the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines inducing prion-based disease causing your brain to degenerate progressively.
The mRNA vaccine induced prions may cause neurodegenerative diseases because long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins. The study concluded that mRNA based vaccine may also cause ALS, front temporal lobar degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological degenerative diseases in the vaccine recipients.