331 AstraZeneca vaccine doses destroyed due to incorrect storage

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AstraZeneca. Source: AstraZeneca

Last week, 300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine destined for Tallinn Children's Hospital were stored at the wrong temperature and needed to be written off. In total, 331 vaccine doses have been spoiled in Estonia in this way.

On Tuesday last week, 300 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were moved from the Health Board to Tallinn Children's Hospital at a temperature of more than 10 degrees celsius, ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported on Friday.

Director of the Health Board Üllar Lanno said the vaccines were transported by car in cool storage boxes at a temperature of 8 degrees but the children's hospital later measured the temperature of the doses at 10.1 degrees.

Magnum Logitistics, which delivered the vaccine, confirmed the box had been put in an area where it exceeded the temperature limit. Logistics manager Raivo Roolaid said the company do not have information about the temperature inside the box and did not know how the accident could have occurred.

"Simply from experience, maybe it depends on how the measurement was done. And it depends on which thermometer was used to measure it again later," Roolaid said.

The children's hospital refused to comment on the situation to AK. The Health Board replaced the damaged vaccines.

The agency said, since vaccinations began in December, 31 additional doses have been spoiled.

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