PUTRAJAYA: The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has approved a variation application from Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in relation to updating the shelf life of Covid-19 Comirnaty Concentrate for Dispersion for Injection vaccine.
The Health Ministry Pharmacy Services senior director Norhaliza A Halim said the new shelf life is from 15 months to 18 months for vaccine vials stored at -90°C to -60°C.
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She said the extension of the shelf life involved vaccines MAL21016022AZ manufactured by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV and MAL21036039ASZ by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH, Germany.
"The extension of the product's shelf life has been given based on the latest stability data submitted by the manufacturer.
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"The approval of this shelf life extension is retrospective, meaning that this approval also applies to all stocks including all stocks that have been received before this shelf life extension variation is approved,” she said in a statement on Friday (Jan 20).
Norhaliza said the ministry was always committed to ensuring that all pharmaceutical products including the COVID-19 vaccine supplied in Malaysia have been assessed in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness by the NPRA.- Bernama