At our current rate, 60% of our vaccines already shipped will expire before being used
GRAFTON, Wis. (CBS 58) — A now former employee at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a COVID-19 vaccine from refrigeration earlier this week, forcing the clinic to discard nearly 500 doses.
This should be a hair-on-fire crisis and any governor who lets vaccine doses expire rather than get them out the door should be thrown in prison for negligent homicide. https://t.co/pinwBOH9su
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) December 30, 2020
From New York Magazine:
“How badly are we doing? In September, President Trump promised 100 million vaccinations by the end of the year. As a country, we have only 40 million doses, and had aimed, according to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, to vaccinate 20 million by year-end. That’s bad enough. But we have administered only 2 million of those — barely 10 percent of the goal. At this rate, achieving sufficient vaccination to reach herd immunity and bring the pandemic to a close in the U.S. will take about seven years. In Israel, they are vaccinating about one percent of the population each day, meaning the full program of population-wide vaccination will be done by this March.”
Clinicians had to discard about 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine after vials were intentionally removed from refrigeration at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin. https://t.co/jstZvgApcM
— WDTN (@WDTN) December 31, 2020
Aurora Medical Center officials made the announcement on Wednesday, Dec. 30, after the Moderna vaccines were removed from the pharmacy refrigerator by the individual on Dec. 26.
Local media reporting that a medical center employee deliberately removed 500 doses of Moderna vaccine from refrigerated storage so that they would have to be discarded. https://t.co/MpDD7dzlMk
— Renee DiResta (@noUpside) December 31, 2020
Officials said in a news release:
“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine. This was a violation of our core values…”
Aurora Medical Center says the individual is no longer employed by them.
Employee 'intentionally' removed COVID-19 vaccine from refrigeration at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton https://t.co/ivaRUElwcW
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) December 31, 2020
U.S. Vaccine Campaign
|Jurisdiction||Doses distributed||Doses administered||% shots used|
|New York City*||390,425||78,530||20.1|
|Department of Defense||230,525||55,111||23.9|
|Indian Health Service||141,850||23,386||16.5|
|Bureau of Prisons||7,600||5,070||66.7|
|District of Columbia||22,700||11,370||50.1|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||3,950||147||3.7|
Note: Data gathered from government websites, official statements and Bloomberg interviews. Local governments and the CDC sometimes report different totals for the same jurisdiction; in these cases Bloomberg uses the higher number. It can take several days for counts to be reported to databases. “Doses distributed” have been recorded by the CDC as having shipped but may still be in transit; New York City’s doses are reported directly by the city only after they’ve been delivered.