An estimated 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been thrown away in the United States since March 1, NBC television reported yesterday, citing information from US health authorities.
The data of discarded doses is reported by States or pharmacies that serve as vaccine providers the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation's leading federal public health agency.
According to the report, there were varying reasons for the wastage said authorities including: expiration date, dilution errors, cooling problems, cracked vials to name a few.
Two national pharmacy chains, Walgreens and CVS, reported over two million wasted doses each, while Walmart and Rite Aid, over one million.
According to previous data provided by health authorities, between the start of the vaccination campaign in the US in December 2020 and March, only about 200,000 doses had been wasted.