From March to September, the United States threw 15 million doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 while in most of the world the immunization campaign is still at very low levels due to the lack of drugs. This is what emerged from an analysis by the US CDCs.
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From March to September, the United States threw 15 million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 while in most of the world the immunization campaign is still at very low levels due to the lack of vaccines. This is what emerges from an analysis by the CDC: in Louisiana, for example, 224 thousand doses have been expired, and this figure has almost tripled since July despite the state is grappling with a very dangerous fourth wave of infections. Bad also in Tennessee, where 200,000 doses have been wasted in recent months, and in Wisconsin and Alabama.
Most of the discarded vaccine doses come from large pharmaceutical distribution centers: At least 7.6 million, according to the CDC, were in the Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid hubs and the reasons why these drugs were thrown away are many: it can happen that some vials break or that there are failures to the freezers and power outages that prevent compliance with the cold chain. Many other times people do not show up for appointments and the dose reserved for them in a vial is not used. Millions of doses were allowed to expire and then disposed of without anyone giving them.
The data from the US CDC represents a real slap in the face for billions of people of the planet who would like to be vaccinated, but do not have vaccines: according to Our World in Data, in fact, only 2.7% of people residing in low-income countries have received at least one dose, a share that will cause millions of infections and thousands of avoidable deaths. Pope Francis yesterday also appealed to rich countries to commit themselves more in favor of poor nations: “I want to ask everyone in the name of God. To the great laboratories, that they liberalize patents. Make a gesture of humanity and allow each country , every people, every human being, has access to the vaccine “.