Because not five but six doses of the Pfizer vaccine can be safely obtained from one vial, the Netherlands can currently carry out more vaccinations than expected, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) writes in a Wednesday. Letter to Parliament. However, it is not clear what the windfall means for Pfizer’s future deliveries.
The minister writes that the pharmaceutical company has not yet commented on the “extra vaccines found” within vials. It does not seem clear whether this will result in fewer vials than expected in the future, as countries with fewer vials can get the same amount of vaccines.
NU.nl has asked the Ministry of Health for a response.
Until Pfizer comes out with an official response, De Jonge will not include the sixth vaccine dose from one vial in his prognosis for the number of injections available. In addition, the minister adds that six doses are “normally” obtained from the vials already supplied.
The European Medicines Agency this week approved that member states get six instead of five doses from a vial of the Pfizer vaccine. After a fifth injection, an amount will normally remain in the vial, which is not lost with a special syringe. If the quantity is considered insufficient, the contents should be discarded.
A sixth dose was already considered feasible in the medical guidelines of the RIVM. Experienced employees could perform the operation with precision.
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