According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two major pharmacies in the United States are responsible for wasting thousands of COVID 19 vaccine doses.
According to government data obtained by CVS and Walgreens,, was responsible for almost 70% of the wasted vaccines in the country, nearly 128,500 vaccinations.The CDC reported that 182,874's shots were wasted throughout March.
Walgreens accounted for around 49% of missed shots while CVS accounted for 21%, the data shows.
The wasted shots from pharmacies combined surpassed the number of shots from all states.In fact, states and federal stations made only 23.3% of unused COVID-19 vaccines while the major ones accounted for only 1.54% of waste vaccines according to the Daily News.
The Pfizer vaccine, the first vaccine to become available in the U.S. accounted for the most wasted vaccine dosages, comprising 60% of shots that were thrown out.
In an email from the CVS spokesperson Michael DeAngelis told KHN that wasted doses were the result of transportation restrictions, limitations on redirected doses and other factors.
The storage and temperature issues were the cause why so many vaccines went to waste.COVID-19 vaccines must be stored in unusable temperatures and become warm when sat out too long.