WASHINGTON – Doctor Anthony Fauci says the FDA is considering extending Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus vaccine expiration dates.
It comes after Ohio Governor Mike Dewine said this week that 200,000 doses of the state’s J&J vaccine are set to expire before the end of June.
The state is not able to share the doses with other states or countries. That means all those doses could go to waste, hence the effort to extend the expiration date.
“The FDA is looking into that right now, trying to determine if, in fact, the date can be extended or not and if so, can we get them properly utilized, whether its utilized in the united states or elsewhere,” SAID Fauci. “This is something that the FDA is very much on and looking at it very, very carefully.”
Johnson & Johnson says it is doing stability testing on its vaccine. The goal is to extend the amount of time the vaccine can be stored before it expires.
Currently, it can be stored for up to three months at refrigerator temperatures.