FILE PHOTO: Syringes are seen in front of displayed Biontech and Pfizer logos in this illustration taken November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 can be stored for up to 31 days at normal fridge temperatures after a change approved by the UK’s health and medicine regulator on Thursday (May 20).

“Up until now, the Pfizer vaccine had to be administered within five days of being removed from ultra-low temperature freezers,” June Raine, the head of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said in a statement.

“Now that the jab can be stored at normal fridge temperatures for up to 31 days, it can be used in a wider range of healthcare settings, giving patients greater access to the Pfizer vaccine.”

The change came after the regulator assessed additional stability data, the MHRA said.

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