In June 2022, the U.S. Centers for Control and Disease Prevention (CDC) said that pharmacies and state health authorities and federal agencies in the United States discarded 82.1 million doses of Covid shots between December 2020 and May 2022.2
Many doses of Covid shots have been discarded because their shelf life expired or because they were compromised due to broken freezers and power outage issues.
India Threw Away 100 Million Doses of CoviShield
Switzerland Will Throw Away 9 Million Doses of Spikevax
Swiss government officials have reported that they will destroy nine million doses of Spikevax that have expired, with an additional 5.1 million shots to expire by February 2023
Canada Disposes of More Than 25 Million Covid Shot Doses
The government of Canada recently discarded 7.7 million doses of Moderna/NIAID’s Spikevax mRNA biologic because of low demand.