America, where a McDonald's coffee cup has to warn you that the coffee is hot. Where the frozen "chicken" nuggets have to say "NOT READY TO EAT!" on the bag. We have Corona virus vaccines that are so complicated in their distribution as to guarantee human error. When the vaccines are not mixed or stored 100% accurately, will we be told if they simply become "inert" or do they endanger recipients if administered? If they are benign but ineffective, we'll have people thinking and acting as if they are protected. Will hospitals, medical centers, public health offices be willing to throw thousand of dollars down the drain if they realize they erred? 500 Moderna doses may have cost close to $20,000. How many restaurants serve not quite fresh fish or meat or dairy, or vegetables with a touch of rot to save a dollar?
Some of our family and friends, people we love, will be to be eager to be vaccinated for their deeply personal reasons. They deserve transparency and the right to informed consent. Some will feel forced to be vaccinated. No matter the reason, how much more risk should they bear?
In Somoa in 2018, two infants died following administration of improperly prepared MMR vaccine. Nurse error. Public confidence in MMR vaccination plummeted. Of course. Here is an article on what happens to most vaccines on the pediatric schedule when improperly stored. Vaccine Accidentally Left Out of the Refrigerator? 5 Steps to Take
Fifty vials of the Moderna vaccine were left out of a pharmacy refrigerator overnight over the weekend at Aurora Medical Center-Grafton.
Advocate Aurora Health said in a statement the Moderna vaccine vials "were inadvertently removed from a pharmacy refrigerator overnight."
Each vial contained 10 doses.
Some of the vaccine was administered to team members on Dec. 26 within the approved 12-hour post-refrigeration window but most had to be discarded because of temperature requirements, Advocate Aurora Health said.
An internal review determined the vials were not replaced after temporarily being removed to access other items.
A Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokeswoman said the state is not aware of this happening anywhere else in Wisconsin, but health officials have recently underscored the immense pressure in the vaccine's rollout.
"Distributing the COVID-19 vaccine is the most significant public health undertaking of our lifetimes," DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems said.