Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine may remain stable at temperatures found in refrigerators for 3 months, the company said on Thursday, citing new data.
The mRNA vaccine is currently approved to be stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 30 days and up to seven months in the freezer at 4 Fahrenheit, according to the company.
But Moderna said on Thursday that it now has data that could support a three-month refrigerated shelf life for the vaccine.
If authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, the new storage temperature may “facilitate easier distribution to doctor’s offices and other smaller environments,” the company wrote in a press release.
The company also said it is working on new formulations of its vaccine that could extend the life of refrigerated vaccines even further.
The Covid vaccine from Moderna is one of three authorized for use in the United States. The vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech can be stored at a refrigerated temperature for up to five days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in a regular refrigerator for up to three months.
For public officials, J&J shooting authorization was a blessing, as it could be used in hard-to-reach places that may not have reliable refrigeration, such as tribal lands, poorer neighborhoods, and also rural and border communities.
Moderna’s update comes weeks after the FDA announced that it gave the company authorization to speed up the production of its Covid vaccine, allowing it to fill a single bottle with up to 15 doses. Before, it was allowed in 10 doses, enough to inoculate five people, since the vaccine requires two injections a month apart.
Separately, the company announced on Thursday that it is increasing its minimum Covid vaccine production target for 2021 to 800 million doses, from 700 million.