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11,900 Doses of Moderna Vaccines Spoil During Transport: Health Officials

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11,900 Doses of Moderna Vaccines Spoil During Transport: Health Officials

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McKesson distributing company notified Michigan state health officials on Tuesday that 11,900 doses of Moderna vaccines were damaged due to exceeding cold temperature limits. Twenty-one shipments of the vaccine were reported to have their temperature drop below the safety range on Sunday, Jan. 17. The pharmaceutical distributor will investigate the causes. The frozen vaccines must be kept in temperatures between -13°F and 5°F, the CDC stated (pdf). “Although it is unfortunate that this vaccine will not be able to be used, we are pleased that the safeguards put into place to ensure the integrity of the vaccine worked. This is the first report of vaccine potentially being compromised during shipment in Michigan and we are working quickly with the distributor to have replacement vaccine shipped out,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. Each shipment has a system for monitoring the temperature during transportation. …

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