Unsuitable syringes waste sixth dose from COVID-19 vaccine

Since 8 January, when the European Medicines Agency granted authorisation, the five initial doses contained in the vials are now officially six, increasing the number of potential recipients. [Shutterstock/I viewfinder]

Spanish regions such as Andalusia, Catalonia and Madrid are wasting thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by not injecting patients with the sixth dose contained in the vials. The reason is the lack of precision syringes to do so, El Pais reported.

Since 8 January, when the European Medicines Agency granted authorisation, the five initial doses contained in the vials are now officially six, increasing the number of potential recipients.

But this change has not been exploited by a number of Spain’s territories, who are in charge of their own vaccination campaigns.

Speaking on Thursday in the regional parliament, Andalusia’s health chief Jesús Aguirre admitted that this was the case. “You could take out up to five doses and there was a wee drop left, and that little bit is used to administer that sixth dose,” he said. “But we are talking about 20% more vaccinations.” Read the full story on El Pais.

 

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