CDC to Toss Millions of Doses of H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine
Posted on April 1, 2010The Washiongton Post reports that 138 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine appear likely to go unusued. About 60 million doses will be donated to poor countries but millions of doses of vaccine will have to be tossed when they expire.
The CDC's Anne Schuchat said, "We were dealing with a very unusual situation. We had a pandemic. We had young people being killed. We wanted to make sure we had enough. We didn't want to be short. It was important to us to be able to protect the American people."Between 81 million and 91 million doses of swine flu vaccine were injected into peoples' arms or squirted up their noses through the end of February, according to federal officials, leaving about 138 million doses unused. An estimated 60 million of those will be donated to poor countries or saved for possible future use. But doses already in vials and syringes will be thrown away if not used before their expiration dates pass.
H1N1 was a serious threat and a novel threat. The swine flu was a killer of children and young people at a rate not seen with the seasonal flu. The fact that so many people decided not to get vaccinated is quite shocking. The virus is also still spreading, especially in the Southeast.