CAMBRIDGE (CBS/AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.
The FDA has approved new vials from the Cambridge company that can contain up to 15 doses each, compared with the original vials designed to hold 10 doses. Additionally, regulators said providers can safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10-dose vials. Those changes will be added to instructions for health care workers.READ MORE: Are COVID Tests Accurate For Variants? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Questions
The dosing updates should help bolster U.S. supplies and speed vaccinations as the U.S. nears 100 million inoculations against COVID-19.READ MORE: Firework Thrown From Car Sparks Fire In Franklin; Police Search For Driver
Moderna said in a statement it plans to begin shipping the new 15-dose vials in coming weeks. The company submitted updated data to FDA showing how much vaccine can be extracted from each vial using different types of syringes.
The FDA also said Moderna’s vials can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours instead of the previously recommended 12-hour limit.MORE NEWS: 'Manhattan In 75 Minutes': First Look At Boston-New York Seaplane Service
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