Millions of vaccines doses to be destroyed


The federal government say it’s being forced to destroy more than half a million doses of Covid vaccine as the expiry date approaches.

The health minister, Alain Berset, says the government has tried everything to send the doses to other countries - but claims there’s little interest.

He warns more will have to be destroyed later. 

But there’s some hope they could be put to good use. 

A national MP from the Green Party, Katharina Prelicz-Huber, says she’s in contact with several NGOs about taking the excess doses. 

Switzerland is contributing to the international Covax programme which sends vaccines across the world. 

Despite the excess doses – the Federal Health Office will also buy a further 14 million doses – with an option for a further 14 million. Berset says the aim is to make sure there’s enough, if needed, by the end of the year. 

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