Number of trashed COVID-19 vaccine shots in U.S. Louisiana nearly triples since end of July: AP

"The latest data provided ... by the Louisiana Department of Health showed 223,918 doses of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been thrown out," said the report published Saturday.

The number of trashed COVID-19 vaccine shots in the U.S. state of Louisiana has nearly tripled since the end of July, according to a recent report by The Associated Press.

"The latest data provided ... by the Louisiana Department of Health showed 223,918 doses of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been thrown out," said the report published Saturday.

More than 21,500 doses simply were not used before their expiry dates, it said, adding that within November, another nearly 50,000 doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will expire.

The problem continues to swell as health providers cannot find enough residents willing to get vaccinated even amid a fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said.

"The throwing away of doses in the United States comes as millions of people around the globe still are waiting for the opportunity to get inoculated against the COVID-19 illness," it added.  
 

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