FDA is Expanding Coronavirus Vaccine Supplies Saying Vials Hold Extra Doses

Pharmacists have found a way to squeeze extra doses out of vials of Pfizer’s vaccine, potentially expanding the nation’s scarce supply by up to 40 percent.

The Food and Drug Administration said late Wednesday that those extra doses could be used, clearing up the confusion that had caused some pharmacists to throw away leftover vaccine for fear of violating the rules the agency set last week.

“Given the public health emergency, FDA is advising that it is acceptable to use every full dose obtainable,” an agency spokesperson told POLITICO, mirroring language that a federal health official sent to state vaccine providers Wednesday morning.

The federal government has not publicly announced the guidance; Pfizer learned of the change this afternoon.

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