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Quixplained: How shelf life of a vaccine is calculated; the situation in India

What is the shelf life of vaccines, and how is this determined? What is the situation in India?

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 6, 2022 1:36:04 pm
The shelf life of Covaxin has been extended from 9 to 12 months from the date of manufacture. (Illustration: Suvajit Dey)

After concerns were raised about “expired” Covaxin vaccines being administered to children, the Health Ministry issuing a clarification calling the claims “false and misleading” and based on “incomplete information”. It pointed out that the shelf life of Covaxin had been extended in November after proper regulatory scrutiny.

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