The American Pfizer Laboratory, Which was developed with German BioNTech, one of the first two vaccines against Corona VirusAfter reporting, it caused concern in Europe Reduce deliveries by 20 percent After the discovery of an alleged increase in the number of doses available per vial (ampoule vial), which increased from five to six. The decision was made based on the fact that The contracts signed with European countries are technically per dose, not per vial.
So far, five vaccines per ampoule have been counted, although some European societies and countries have realized that there is a way to spread the doses per vial up to six, using the corresponding tools. Pfizer also knew about this issue, so it decided to amend the previously stipulated calculation and reduce shipments to these places, assuming everyone was using six doses where it should be five.
The problem is that to extract all the doses of vaccine from each vial, a special type of syringe is needed and some experience of the person administering it. For this reason, in some parts of the continent, they have not been able to extract all the doses in shipments of Pfizer, which has now announced that it will reduce its shipments.
The pharmaceutical company has updated the technical data sheet for the COVID-19 vaccine to clarify that to obtain a sixth dose from its vials, syringes “that do not leave a large dead volume” should be used, rather than those considered “standard,” which reduces this possibility.
That is why they indicated it “If you are using standard syringes and needles, there may not be sufficient volume to draw a sixth dose from one vial.” This caused a state of alert in some European countries.
French newspaper Liberation echoed the news with a cover dedicated to the “scandal of the sixth dose.” “European countries have just gone through a bitter experience, victims of sleight of hand by Pfizer-BioNTech Laboratories, which found a way to reduce the delivery of vaccine vials to member states of the European Union by 20%, arguing that the sixth dose could be obtained,” they note in the news.
There are laboratory concerns behind the famous sixth dose that can be obtained from the bottles that Pfizer sends out of its vaccine has been denounced and it will not now be a “gift” because the European Medicines Agency has allowed it to amend its prospectus.
The fact is that at first, the American company assured that each vial sent would arrive in five doses. However, it was later found that a sixth dose could be obtained with certain procedures.
The new ruling was accepted by the European Medicines Agency on January 8th, but since the pharmacist understands that this cannot be a gift and that the contract with Europe is for doses and not vials, it has decided that it will provide fewer vials for each country and whoever has the capacity can purchase the sixth dose. That make up each vial is sent.
The news had a negative impact on those countries that did not have the special injection to get the sixth dose, which would open a channel for dialogue between governments and the company.