hundreds of thousands of doses of Vaccines Those people Discarded Its end in the United States is due to the reluctance of some areas, mostly southern states, given the low vaccination rates registered in the country in recent weeks.
officers of Iowa confirmed this Monday 81 thousand doses became unusable, most of them because they have passed their expiration date, as well as some that have been discarded because they have been opened in the package in several doses and only a portion of them was used.
In July, Iowa warned that they had more than 200,000 doses in stock expiring in August. “It’s so sad that we throw away so many vaccines knowing they workRachel Reimer, head of the public health department at the University of Des Moines, was quoted by the Des Moines Register newspaper.
In alabamaThe state confirmed on Friday that more than 65 thousand doses have been exhausted due to low demand from the population. Of these, 7,000 supplements were from Johnson & Johnson, 11,000 from Moderna and 47,000 from Pfizer. “It is very unfortunate that we have such a low vaccination rate, there are many people in the world who do not have access, it is a shame.”, lamented state health sector official Dr Scott Harris.
for its part, Arkansas It has not accepted new shipments from the federal government since April, when it received 500,000 doses. About 80% of them have already been implemented, but 90,000 Pfizer vaccines were due to expire on July 31.
estimated that the total about a million antibodies would have been wasted Since the start of the campaign: over 100,000 in Georgia, more than 50 thousand inches new jersey, about 250 thousand inches North Carolina and about 400 thousand inches ohio. Although this is small in proportion to the more than 300 million Americans, it is a concern for countries that suffer from a lack of access to formulas.
Vaccination began in the United States late last year, and a large number of vaccines were manufactured in the first quarter of 2021. Therefore, since Pfizer and Moderna formulas can be stored for six months, millions are weeks or days away from expiring. Gave an encouraging approval, extending life for another six weeks.
But as the date approaches, most states have their hands tied. Authorities can donate vaccines that have been approved but have not yet been distributed. Once they are distributed, they cannot be transferred to other states with better vaccination rates.
According to CDC data updated Monday, 58.8% of the US population has received at least one dose, while 50.2% have a complete vaccination schedule. In those over the age of 12 (eligible to be vaccinated), this figure rises to 68.8% and 58.7%, respectively.
Due to suspicion in some areas, vaccination rates have decreased significantly in recent weeks, while Growth of delta variant is making a dent in the country: Daily average of new infections once again crosses 100,000 cases, the highest figure since February.