If the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) approves the use of residual doses from the vaccine vials, Norway could receive up to 500,000 extra doses from the 2.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
According to newspaper Politico, the vaccine vials, which are intended for five doses, can contain six to seven doses.
Pfizer’s press manager Joachim Henriksen told VG that that could be the case.
Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the extra doses be used in the United States.
Department director Line Vold at the FHI told VG that they are considering how many doses each vial can have.
She noted that the FHI would have to make its own guidelines for those who will use the vaccines in the event of a change.
Steinar Madsen, medical director at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, told the newspaper that experiments show that it is “mostly OK” to take six doses out of each vaccine vial.
“This is not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), but the FDA has said that it is professionally OK. This is also our advice to FHI,” Madsen said.
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