A NBC report reported that pharmacies and state governments in the US have thrown away at least 15 million doses of COVID vaccines since March 1. One contributing factor to vaccine waste is the way the vaccines are packaged. Most vaccines for other illnesses come in single-dose vials. Once a vial is punctured — for example, if a customer requests the vaccine at a retail pharmacy — the clock starts ticking. A vial of Moderna’s vaccine has to be discarded 12 hours after it’s punctured, while Pfizer’s and Johnson & Johnson’s have to be discarded after six hours. American lives could have been saved if they had been administered or globally many countries have under 10 percent of their population vaccinated because they can’t get the vaccine.
CSSE is reporting 39,338,982 positive cases in the U.S. and 641,709 deaths.