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15 million Covid vaccine doses thrown away in the U.S. since March
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 02, 2021 04:17PM
[www.nbcnews.com]

Pharmacies and state governments in the United States have thrown away at least 15.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines since March 1, according to government data obtained by NBC News — a far larger number than previously known and still probably an undercount.

Four national pharmacy chains reported more than 1 million wasted doses each, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a public records request. Walgreens reported the most waste of any pharmacy, state or other vaccine provider, with nearly 2.6 million wasted doses. CVS reported 2.3 million wasted doses, while Walmart reported 1.6 million and Rite Aid reported 1.1 million.

The data released by the CDC is self-reported by pharmacies, states and other vaccine providers. It is not comprehensive — missing some states and federal providers — and it does not include the reason doses had to be thrown away. In one example of missing data, the CDC lists just 12 wasted doses for Michigan since March, but Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services said on Wednesday that the state has thrown away 257,673 doses since December.

The number of discarded doses is still a small fraction of the total doses administered in the U.S.

In general, there are a number of reasons why vaccination sites may have to mark doses as wasted, from a cracked vial or an error diluting the vaccine to a freezer malfunction to more doses in a vial than people who want them. A wastage report can also happen when a vial contains fewer doses than it should.



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Re: 15 million Covid vaccine doses thrown away in the U.S. since March
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: September 02, 2021 06:05PM
The hospital where we got out vaxxes has appointments and then has a queue of people sans appointments waiting for a dose at the end of the day, who they contact to show up when there are leftovers. When I got my second shot, they had still not wasted a single one but that may have changed as more people are vaxxed now and the pool of on-demand people may have waned.
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Re: 15 million Covid vaccine doses thrown away in the U.S. since March
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 02, 2021 06:44PM
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Re: 15 million Covid vaccine doses thrown away in the U.S. since March
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 03, 2021 10:16AM
Considering the storage requirements, this is not a surprise. The vaccine production lines are working well, and nobody that wants one is going without.
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