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In Louisiana, wasted vaccine vaccines have reached 224,000.

BATEN ROUGE, LA (AP) – Louisiana’s problem of wasted COVID-19 vaccine shots continues in the balloon, with nearly 224,000 doses dumped across the state because healthcare providers can’t find enough residents to roll up their sleeves. I agree to pick up.

Trash feeds have nearly tripled since the end of July, with Louisiana experiencing the fourth, deadliest outbreak of the corona virus epidemic during that time, sparking interest in the vaccine.

The latest figures released by the Louisiana Department of Health to the Associated Press show that 223,918 doses of the two-shot Pfizer and modern vaccine and one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been discarded.

This is relatively small compared to the 4.4 million doses of vaccine administered around the state. But while waste is not uncommon in large-scale immunization efforts, food disposal in the United States comes at a time when millions of people around the world are waiting for the opportunity to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease caused by the corona virus. ۔

Health Department spokesman Kevin Lytton said most of Louisiana’s lost vaccine doses were due to glass shots being opened, but hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other providers could not find anyone to take the dose. Could

More than 21,500 shots were not used just before their expiration date.

About 50,000 doses of the modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are due to expire next month, but Lytton said the state expects those shots to be given before then.

Louisiana has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows that only five states have lower immunization rates. More than 2.1 million people in Louisiana – about 46 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health.

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