Million euros sunk: 4.6 million corona vaccine doses expire

Around 4.6 million doses of the corona vaccine centrally stored in Germany expired at the end of September. They would have reached the expiry date on September 29, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health confirmed loudly German press agency (dpa). Among the expired vaccines are around 3.9 million doses of Moderna and around 0.7 million doses of Novavax’s later-approved vaccine.

The opposition Union criticized the federal purchasing policy. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) “lost every measure and goal when ordering the vaccine,” said CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger world on Sunday. A total of 101 million vaccine doses are currently stored in federal refrigerators.

The Ministry of Health argued that vaccine being thrown away was a “logical consequence of the portfolio approach”. This means that different vaccines are purchased in order to be able to offer everyone who wants to be vaccinated.

Based on the pricing model published last year, after a Moderna vaccine dose cost 21.50 euros, the 3.9 million expired doses result in a loss of almost 84 million euros.

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(rt/dpa)

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