International Center / Xu Peirong Report
The new crown pneumonia (COVID-19) continues to have a fever. In the face of the aggressive variant virus, all countries have stepped up the vaccination schedule. Unexpectedly, when the epidemic is still severe, Estonia has reported more than 68,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine due to freezing equipment The tragedy of failure and full reimbursement has been investigated by the relevant units.
▲The refrigeration equipment failed and 68,000 doses of AZ vaccine in Estonia were scrapped. (Illustration/Pixabay)
According to the Estonian National Radio and Television Station (ERR), the Estonian Health Bureau pointed out on the 29th that the temperature of a special refrigerator for storing the new crown vaccine suddenly increased to 15 degrees Celsius on the 22nd. However, the system did not trigger the alarm, and it was a national holiday. The staff did not discover until after entering the cold room on the 25th that more than 100,000 doses of vaccines and medicines were scrapped, including more than 68,000 doses of AZ vaccines to be donated, and the estimated loss was more than 1.15 million euros (about 38.13 million NT dollars) .
In this regard, the management unit Riigi Kinnisvara AS emphasized that this situation is “unacceptable,” saying that it has cooperated with the Health Bureau to investigate and find out the cause of the failure to avoid similar incidents from happening again.
The Estonian government previously announced the donation of 900,000 doses of AZ vaccine to other countries, of which 500,000 doses will be sent to the “Eastern Partnership” countries, including Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova, and the other 400,000 doses will be given through the “COVID -19 Vaccine Global Access Mechanism” (COVAX) mechanism allocation.
AZ vaccine needs to be refrigerated at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Once opened, it should be stored at 2-25 degrees Celsius and used within 6 hours. Anything that has not been used must be discarded; because the cold storage conditions of AZ vaccine are not good Dana and Pfizer/BNT are strict and are currently the new crown vaccines used in the world’s most countries.