US throws away more than 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine: What's happening?

While the world is "dry thirsty", the US has just wasted more than 15 million doses of precious Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Guardian.

Millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine are wasted in the US (photo: NY Times)
Millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccine are wasted in the US (photo: NY Times)

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the country has thrown away at least 15 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Worth mentioning, this number was recorded only in the period from March to September this year.

According to the CDC, Louisiana (USA) throws away 224,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, despite experiencing the 4th wave of the disease. Thousands of doses of Covid-19 vaccine are also wasted every day in Wisconsin. In Alabama and Tennessee, the number of vaccines thrown away is 65,000 and nearly 200,000 doses, respectively.

The above figures are published in the context that millions of people in many countries around the world have not yet received any Covid-19 vaccine. In low-income countries, only 1% of the population has access to the first dose of vaccine.

The number of Covid-19 vaccines thrown away in the US is mainly in the warehouses of pharmaceutical companies. According to the latest statistics, at least 7.6 million of the 15 million discarded vaccines are owned by four major US pharmaceutical corporations including Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid.

There are many reasons why vaccines are wasted in "huge" quantities in the US: Many vaccine vials are cracked during storage, syringes are broken, freezers are broken or power is out, people who are scheduled to vaccinate do not show up. …

However, the biggest reason why Covid-19 vaccines are abandoned in the US is due to the expiration date.

Americans hesitate to inject vaccines while many countries are "red in the eye" sourcing (photo: CNN)
Americans hesitate to inject vaccines while many countries are "red in the eye" sourcing (photo: CNN)

Since mid-April, the progress of Covid-19 vaccination in the US has slowed down because people have a mentality of not wanting to get vaccinated. Before June, just over 2 million doses of vaccine were discarded in the US. This number increased 6 times after June. Meanwhile, the administration of President Biden is eager to use the stockpile of Covid-19 vaccines to give the people a third dose.

In response to vaccine waste, US health officials are working with pharmaceutical companies to reduce the dose of Covid-19 vaccine in each vial. While the American people "dodge" the vaccine, many countries around the world are struggling to achieve the goal of herd immunity or vaccinate those working on the front lines against the epidemic.

In June, President Biden announced that the United States would support the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world's population by next year. The US also pledged to donate 80 million doses of vaccines to low-income countries.

Up to now, the US has only completed the full vaccination of Covid-19 vaccine for 57.3% of the population.

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