J&J testing if shelf life can be extended as millions of doses set to expire

J&J testing if shelf life can be extended as millions of doses set to expire


Millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine are set to expire this month — leading to urgent trials to see if the shots’ shelf life can be extended, a White House adviser confirmed Tuesday.

Demand for all coronavirus vaccines has plummeted since mid-April, but the drop has been significantly steeper for J&J’s one-dose shot after it was temporarily halted in April over blood-clot fears.

Close to half of the 21 million doses the company has produced for the US now remain unused — with millions set to expire by the end of June, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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While demand has also slowed for vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, around 83 percent of the doses produced for the US have been administered, the paper said.

Shots from both companies can be stored for six months, compared to just three months for J&J doses — with the pharmaceutical giant testing to see if that can be extended

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