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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 04:46 AM

Storage problem causes loss of 75 vaccine doses in New Mexico

The state confirmed Tuesday it had to discard 75 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine because of potential overheating during delivery to a Clayton hospital.

It was unclear how troublesome the loss of the vaccine would be for the state, given the limited volume of 17,550 doses New Mexico has received this week for front-line medical workers. Each person vaccinated requires two doses.

A spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office said the 75 doses were en route from the state Department of Health’s warehouse in Albuquerque to Union County General Hospital in Clayton when a digital gauge indicated the storage temperature might be too warm.

The vaccine must be kept at about 100 degrees below zero, requiring it to be stored in an ultra-cold freezer or on dry ice.

Read more: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/coronavirus/storage-problem-causes-loss-of-75-vaccine-doses-in-new-mexico/article_4e70b3f8-3f36-11eb-aa6d-67224f55fb2b.html

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