The EU medicines regulator stated in a steering replace on January eight that low dead-volume syringes and needles with simpler area than requirements ones should be used to get full six doses.

ANI, Madrid

PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 12:14 AM IST

Spain doesn’t have sufficient proper syringes and needles to extract the sixth dose from a Pfizer anti-coronavirus vaccine vial, leading to hundreds of doses going to waste, docs have complained.

The EU medicines regulator stated in a steering replace on January eight that low dead-volume syringes and needles with simpler area than requirements ones should be used to get full six doses. It warned that pooling contents from two vials to make up a full 0.three ml dose was not permitted.

Insufficient provides of low dead-space tools have been reported within the capital of Madrid, the southern Andalusia area and Catalonia. The Catalan well being officers say a six dose is on common extracted from solely two out of three vials.

Concerns are that the ambiguous six doses will quickly be factored in supply numbers.

“The Pfizer company will begin a review process on January 25 after which EU member states will continue receiving the same number of doses but in fewer vials,” the Spanish well being ministry stated.

Spain expects to import 4.5 million Pfizer doses within the first quarter of this yr. Some 1.three million Pfizer doses and 35,000 Moderna doses have been delivered to the nation of 47 million. Both vaccines require two doses for optimum effectiveness. A complete of 1.1 million have obtained a shot. (ANI/Sputnik)

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