A recent review of the data that has followed the official end to the global health emergency of the Covid pandemic shows that more than $2 billion has been wasted on unused Covid vaccines.
More than 300 million doses of four brands of vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and Novavax – have been discarded or donated to other countries.
There are multiple reasons for the wastage, including vaccine hesitancy and overspending by the US Government.
Yet despite the figures and dwindling demand, the World Health Organization has called for new Covid shots to be developed for this winter that target mutated variants.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 596 million Pfizer Covid vaccines have been delivered to states up to May 11. That includes both the original Pfizer vaccine and the updated Omicron booster.
But only 404 million have actually been administered, leaving 192 million unaccounted for.