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Switzerland to destroy 10 million doses of expired Moderna vaccine

Switzerland will destroy 10.3 million doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. This is done because the validity period of the vaccine expires this week.

Reported by AFP, Sunday (9/25/2022) the Ministry of Health said it had no other choice but to exterminate.

It told the news agency that 2.5 million doses were stored at Swiss army logistics bases and 7.8 million were in external storage depots in Belgium.

The ministry confirmed a preliminary report on the Swiss news site Beobachter, which estimated that the dose set for crushing was worth about 280 million Swiss francs ($285 million).

Mentioned in June, news site Swissinfo estimated that Switzerland had an excess of about 38 million doses of various Covid vaccines, which were due to expire before the end of the year.

The ministry said that about 3.5 million doses of the newly adapted Moderna vaccine will be available when Switzerland begins its next booster campaign next month.

Switzerland is known to have recorded 13,556 deaths from Covid since the start of the pandemic. The country has also fully vaccinated nearly 70 percent of its 8.7 million citizens.