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Japan loses 1,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine due to fridge malfunction

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reason why the refrigerating chamber broke is yet unknown
20:10, 1 March 2021

Reuters

Over a thousand of vaccines from coronavirus produced by Pfizer company gone bad in Japan. A refrigerating chamber broke, making the vaccine inappropriate for use, NHK reported citing Japanese Healthcare Ministry.

The message says that the chamber broke on February 26. 172 flasks (1,032 doses) turned unfit for use. The reason why the refrigerating chamber broke is yet unknown; on March 2, the fridge will be seized for examination.

On March 2, the United States plans to start distribution of the vaccine against coronavirus; this particular vaccine is produced by Johnson & Johnson company, which hopes to supply another 16 million extra doses until late March.

Related: Pfizer vaccine can be stored in usual refrigerating chambers

On February 24, Ukraine launched a campaign to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 with the Indian CoviShield. To date, 1,338 people have been vaccinated in the country. Most of the vaccinations were made in the Cherkasy region. Now immunization is carried out exclusively for the priority group of the population - doctors and medical workers.

Despite the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that CoviShield is "one of the best vaccines", most of the doctors at the Oleksandrivska Hospital in Kyiv, who work with Covid patients, refused to be vaccinated with the Indian drug.

Related: Ukraine to receive 10 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

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