States Sending Millions of COVID Vaccine Doses Back to Federal Government As Demand Drops

SourceNewsweek
SectorHealthcare
CountryMiddle east

States like Tennessee and North Carolina are sending COVID-19 vaccines back to the federal government since the demand for vaccines has slowed significantly in those areas, the Associated Press reported.

Mississippi will be sending their surplus over to Maine as states rush to use the doses before they expire. Mississippi’s vaccination rate in adults is 35 percent whereas Maine’s was at about 57 percent on Wednesday.

Amid all this, the White House announced it planned to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June on top of the 500 million Pfizer doses they promised to donate to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union next year.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is pictured at Rady Children’s Hospital before it’s placed back in the refrigerator in San Diego, California on December 15, 2020.
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