FDA Approves Syringes that Extract an Extra Dose from COVID-19 Vaccine Vials

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  • FDA gives approval for health professionals to extract an additional vaccine dose from each vial in some situations
  • Originally, each vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine contained five doses, but some pharmacists have reported that they could extract six doses using certain syringes
  • As a result, the FDA approved that low dead-volume syringes and/or needles can be used to extract six doses from a single vial
  • Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said this increase in doses per vial provides an additional 20 percent capacity
  • The federal government has, however, contracted McKesson, a medical supplies company, to produce these syringe kits