Biotechnology company Moderna is proposing to increase the number of doses per vial of its coronavirus vaccine by up to 50% to address a bottleneck in manufacturing.
Moderna president Dr. Stephen Hoge announced that the firm seeks to fill each vial with up to 15 doses instead of the current 10, according to a statement provided to CNN on Monday.
But this would only be implemented after “further discussions with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to assure the agency’s comfort," Hoge said.
The move was first reported by CNBC. CNN has also reached out to the FDA for comment.
According to Hoge, it’s not just the amount of vaccine available that might put a ceiling on production -- it’s also the number of vials that can be filled in a certain amount of time.
This comes as the company has been expanding its manufacturing capacity to nearly 1 million doses per day, according to the statement.