How many doses end up in the bin?

According to Our World of Data, over six billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines went into arms. In an operation of this scale, some doses will go unused. A recent Telegraph headline stated: “UK to throw 800,000 AstraZeneca doses in the bin after take-up falls”.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies four reasons for wastage:

  1. Vaccine storage units spend too long outside a specific temperature range.

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Anthony B. Masters

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This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.