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Sweden gives 1,000 people Covid-19 shots kept at wrong temperature

  • All of the people given doses from the defective supply are healthcare professionals. In complete 2,100 vaccine doses – round 20% of what Sweden has thus far acquired from Moderna – have been kept at too low a temperature.

Reuters, Stockholm

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 08:19 PM IST

Around 1,000 people in Sweden have been given doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine that have been kept at the wrong temperature throughout transportation, the pharmacy company delivering the shots mentioned on Friday.

In complete 2,100 vaccine doses – round 20% of what Sweden has thus far acquired from Moderna – have been kept at too low a temperature, and the shots not but administered have been put aside pending readability on whether or not they are going to have been spoiled consequently, Apoteket mentioned.

All of the people given doses from the defective supply are healthcare professionals, it mentioned.

“According to the Swedish health authority’s preliminary assessment, there is no indication that the doses transported in too low a temperature entail any health risk,” Apoteket mentioned in an emailed assertion.

However, Sweden’s well being authority and pharmaceutical watchdog are investigating the matter additional, Magnus Frisk, a spokesman for Apoteket mentioned, including: “One other thing we need to know is whether the vaccine doses already given will work.”

Frisk mentioned the businesses had contacted Moderna for additional details about the impact of doses being kept at too low a temperature and whether or not the people given these doses wanted one other shot of the vaccine.

The affected doses which haven’t been administered are accounted for and won’t be used, he mentioned.

As of Jan. 17, Sweden had vaccinated 146,000 people, most of whom got the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

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