From the beginning of the vaccination plan in The United States so far, it has been reported that some 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines were discarded for various reasons.
The wasted doses were reported by the states and by the pharmacy chains that administer the vaccines and which had to make a report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is the federal institution that controls everything related to the Covid-19 virus in the country.
Although it is probably only a sub-registry because there are states that need to offer their data. However, with the figures obtained from March 2021 until now, where the majority were discarded during the summer of June to August, the reasons why millions of doses were discarded are:
- The expiration date.
- Errors at the time of dilution of the vaccine.
- Problems with the refrigeration, which was not done to the letter.
- Fractured jars.
According to information given by the NBC network, a bottle contains several doses so once it is opened all doses must be used in the following hours, otherwise it must be discarded. And this is the most repeated case, that of discarding 4 doses at once.
Although speaking of millions makes it seem that the figure is high, the truth is that it is a small fraction compared to the number of doses supplied.
Since December 2020, A little over 445 million doses have been distributed throughout the United States, and 372 million doses have been effectively administered, according to CDC data.
Perhaps the figure is alarming because vaccination has had a very uneven distribution throughout the world. Today there are hundreds of countries that have barely managed to vaccinate a minority population in their territory.
That’s why NBC talked about an equity issue, that is why “there are countries that do not have vaccines and there are countries that are rich, they have access to the vaccine and they discard it,” as stated the professor of public health from the state of New York, Tim Doran.
In this sense, the World Bank considers it essential that the surplus vaccines that the United States has are sent to the poorest countries in Latin America, a region of concern due to the high rates of infections that still exist. This was made known by the president of the World Bank, David Malpas.