Friday, September 24

The US has wasted millions of vaccines against COVID-19 | Digital Trends Spanish

The United States was known to have had to dump COVID-19 vaccines, but the numbers were unclear. So far, thanks to a report from the NBC which reveals that up to 15 million doses of vaccines have been wasted.

According to the numbers obtained by the aforementioned medium, four large pharmacy chains have had to throw away more than 1 million vaccines. The Walgreens chain is the most blatant case, with 2.6 million wasted doses, followed by CVS with 2.3 million.

The United States disease control agency (CDC) ensures that, in any case, the percentage of vaccines discarded by the country is very low in relation to those administered to the entire population. And the most important thing of all is that access to vaccines is very high and that anyone who wants to be vaccinated can do so.


But despite the fact that the total percentage of discarded vaccines is low, the situation has also generated valid criticism. Mainly, because while the United States wastes millions of vaccines, there are countries in which the vaccination rate is very low.

Sharifah Sekalala, a professor at the University of Warwick in England, believes this only highlights the inequality that exists in the world in relation to vaccines. “The African continent is still below 10 percent vaccination,” says Sekalala, clearly an example of inequality in access to vaccines.

The data obtained by the CDC reveals that most of the wasted vaccines occurred during the months of June, July and August, coinciding with the summer in the United States.

In parallel, those were the months in which infections increased in the North American country thanks to the Delta variant.

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