Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

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The shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Sinovac has been EXTENDED in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Why Extend Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life?

Vaccines generally have a shelf life of about 3 years, so many manufacturers were extraordinarily cautious when they only gave their COVID-19 vaccines a shelf life of about 6 months.

Such a short shelf life would mean that health authorities have to maintain a frenetic pace of vaccinations, or risk the expiry of their vaccine doses.

Even while there is a global shortage of vaccines, many doses had to be disposed when they “expired”, even though they are still safe and effective to use.

And we know that they are safe to use past their “original shelf life” because of ongoing stability data.

So it really makes sense to extend vaccine shelf life based on new stability data, to cut down on waste.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

 

Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

On 16 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) had officially approved the shelf life extensions for these vaccines :

VaccineRegistrationManufacturerNewly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVacMAL21046125ACSZPharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZPfizer Belgium NV, Belgium9 Months
(+3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZBioNTech GmbH, Germany

This shelf life extension will extend to ALL VACCINE STOCKS retrospectively, and would extend to any new doses that Malaysia may receive from now on.

In addition, the three manufacturers now have 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

This announcement comes after a complaint went viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Ministry of Health was “secretly” extending the expiry dates of the Pfizer vaccine against manufacturer’s recommendations.

Read more : Is KKM Secretly Extending Pfizer Vaccine Expiry Date?

Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Existing Pfizer Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Pfizer vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

BatchOriginal Expiry DateNew Expiry Date
FE816331 October 202131 January 2022
FF088430 November 202128 February 2022
FF088430 November 202128 February 2022
FF887130 November 202128 February 2022
FG371630 November 202128 February 2022
FG287230 November 202128 February 2022
FG901931 December 202131 March 2022
FG790031 December 202131 March 2022
FH252831 December 202131 March 2022
FG627231 December 202131 March 2022
FH877331 January 202230 April 2022
FH325331 January 202230 April 2022
FH476331 January 202230 April 2022
FH877331 January 202230 April 2022
FK011231 January 202230 April 2022
FK547531 January 202230 April 2022
FH475231 January 202230 April 2022
FJ597331 January 202230 April 2022
FK685831 January 202230 April 2022
FH322128 February 202231 May 2022

 

Existing Sinovac Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Sinovac vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

BatchOriginal Expiry DateNew Expiry Date
501911730 September 202131 March 2022
501938331 October 202130 April 2022
501940131 October 202130 April 2022
501940231 October 202130 April 2022
501940331 October 202130 April 2022
501948231 October 202130 April 2022
501948631 October 202130 April 2022
501949231 October 202130 April 2022
501949430 November 202131 May 2022
501949530 November 202131 May 2022
501949630 November 202131 May 2022
501949730 November 202131 May 2022
501949930 November 202131 May 2022
501950130 November 202131 May 2022
501950230 November 202131 May 2022
501950430 November 202131 May 2022
501953330 November 202131 May 2022
501953430 November 202131 May 2022
501954130 November 202131 May 2022
501954530 November 202131 May 2022
501954630 November 202131 May 2022
501954931 December 202130 June 2022
501955031 December 202130 June 2022
501955131 December 202130 June 2022
501955331 December 202130 June 2022
501955431 December 202130 June 2022
501955531 December 202130 June 2022
501955631 December 202130 June 2022
501955831 December 202130 June 2022
501955931 December 202130 June 2022
501956031 December 202130 June 2022
501956131 December 202130 June 2022
501969430 November 202131 May 2022
501969530 November 202131 May 2022
501969730 November 202131 May 2022
501969830 November 202131 May 2022
502006831 December 202130 June 2022
502006931 December 202130 June 2022
502007131 December 202130 June 2022
502007231 December 202130 June 2022
502008631 December 202130 June 2022
502008731 December 202130 June 2022
502009631 January 202231 July 2022
502009731 January 202231 July 2022
502009931 January 202231 July 2022
502010031 January 202231 July 2022
502010231 January 202231 July 2022
502010331 January 202231 July 2022
502011831 January 202231 July 2022
502011931 January 202231 July 2022
502012131 January 202231 July 2022
502012231 January 202231 July 2022
502012431 January 202231 July 2022
502012531 January 202231 July 2022
502012731 January 202231 July 2022
502012831 January 202231 July 2022
502013031 January 202231 July 2022
502013131 January 202231 July 2022
502029131 January 202231 July 2022
502029228 February 202231 August 2022
502029428 February 202231 August 2022
502029528 February 202231 August 2022
502029728 February 202231 August 2022
502029828 February 202231 August 2022
502030028 February 202231 August 2022
502030128 February 202231 August 2022
502030328 February 202231 August 2022
502030428 February 202231 August 2022
502030628 February 202231 August 2022
502030728 February 202231 August 2022
502030928 February 202231 August 2022
502031028 February 202231 August 2022
502031528 February 202231 August 2022
502031628 February 202231 August 2022
502032128 February 202231 August 2022
502032228 February 202231 August 2022

 

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