Germany May Have to Trash 3 Million COVID-19 Jab Doses by June
Germany may have to discard 3 million COVID-19 jab doses by the end of June if they are not used before they expire, the country’s health ministry announced Monday.
Ministry spokesman Hanno Kautz said they initially estimated 10 million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 jab doses would go into the trash.
However, the storage time for the experimental shot is longer than originally expected.
Germany’s health ministry says the country may have to discard 3 million doses of expired COVID-19 vaccine by the end of June. A spokesman said that the U.N.-backed program to distribute vaccines to poorer countries isn't currently accepting donations. https://t.co/OSRMRkeJ0s
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Germany may have to discard 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of June if they are not used before they expire, the country's health ministry announced Monday.
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Washington Examiner reported:
The country still has more COVID-19 vaccines than it can use or donate, Kautz said, and COVAX, the United Nations-backed program to distribute shots to poorer countries, is not currently accepting donations.
Kautz also said “not many doses” have been destroyed so far but could not give a specific number.
A total of 175,263 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Germany on April 8. Nearly 64 million Germans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with around 63 million fully vaccinated, according to the World Health Organization.
COVAX is directed by the GAVI vaccine alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and WHO, with the U.N. Children’s Fund serving as a key partner. GAVI has not yet responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
The African Union and Covax recently rejected hundreds of millions of additional Moderna COVID-19 jab doses.
African Union & Covax Reject Hundreds of Millions of Additional Moderna COVID-19 Jab Doses
In related news, Moderna recalled over 700,000 doses due to contamination fears.
Moderna Recalls 700,000+ COVID-19 Jab Doses in Europe Due to Contamination Fears
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