FDA extends shelf life of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by 50% as unused doses near expiration

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The approved shelf life of Johnson & Johnson’s one-and-done COVID-19 vaccine has been extended by 50% amid reports millions of unused doses were nearing expiration, the company confirmed Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration granted the new authorization after “data from ongoing stability assessment studies” proved that doses were still stable and effective 41/2 months after packaging when properly refrigerated, the company said. The single-shot vaccine previously had an approved shelf life of only three months. The 45-day extension comes at a critical time for the U.S. vaccination effort…

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