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Millions of unused Covid doses are going to waste in the US


Since the country’s first Covid vaccines were authorized for emergency use last winter, federal data shows US states have received a staggering 720 million doses of Covid, and more than 570 million of those injections have been administered, according to an ABC News report. Millions of unused Covid-19 doses in the United States are on the verge of being wasted as the country’s vaccination rates continue to decline amid a rise in new infections.

However, data provided by the state revealed that millions of those vaccines did not end up in arms, largely due to a significant drop in the number of people wanting to be vaccinated, the agency reported. press Xinhua.

Many doses of vaccines are now left unused in refrigerators or discarded in garbage cans across the country.

Millions of doses of Covid vaccine have been wasted, sit unused or will expire in the coming weeks and months, according to the ABC News report, citing state health department officials and state-provided data.

“It’s a huge waste of opportunity for these vaccines to not get to those who need them,” said C. Buddy Creech, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University. Vanderbilt University.

“It is not only a financial loss for the purchaser of vaccines – the US government – ​​but also a significant health loss for those who are not yet protected against Covid and its complications,” he added.

Nearly 66.1% of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid as of Monday, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid-19 boosters have been allowed in the US for adults since November. However, CDC data shows that less than 50% of eligible Americans received their first booster.

Immunization rates have continued to decline in the country amid falling vaccine demand and hesitancy, resulting in millions of unused doses currently in government stockpiles being wasted and at risk of expiring. As of April 20, the seven-day average number of vaccine doses administered per day was 470,903, a decrease of 13.2% from the previous week, according to the latest CDC data.

The country is again seeing an increase in new Covid-19 infections recently, with an average of about 44,000 new cases and 310 new deaths every day, according to CDC data.

“The unvaccinated group of people is unlikely to be convinced of the importance of vaccine-induced protection,” said John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and ABC News contributor, adding that convincing those who are still reluctant to getting vaccinated will be a difficult feat.
Some politicians and public health experts have raised concerns about the ethical implications of so many wasted vaccines.

“The wastage of millions of doses is a stark reminder of the privilege we have had to access vaccines when the majority of the world had to wait months. Extraordinary resources and financial investments will ultimately be wasted,” Brownstein added.

[With inputs from agencies]

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