The Swiss government has announced that it will destroy 10.3 million doses of expired Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, with another 5.1 million doses scheduled for disposal in February.
Moderna stated in February 2021 that the Swiss Federal Government had increased its confirmed order commitment for the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna from 7.5 million to 13.5 million doses.
“We are grateful for the confidence and support shown by the Swiss Federal Government as they increase their supply agreement with us,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna.
In May 2021, Moderna announced a new supply agreement with the Swiss Federal Government for 7 million doses of booster vaccine in 2022, with an additional option for another 7 million doses for delivery during the second half of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023.
According to Reuters, “since the end of 2020, Switzerland has acquired 31.9 million vaccine doses from Moderna and other suppliers, of which 16.1 million have been administered. The government said another 3.2 million had been transferred to third countries.”
Recall, Switzerland has decided to use only the two mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna and give its millions of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine shots to other countries.
In another blow to AstraZeneca Swiss Govt has decided to stick with just Pfizer & Moderna (the only 2 authorised for use in Switzerland) & will DONATE its doses of AZ
Says a lot when a Govt decides to get rid of doses rather than use them on its people 🤔https://t.co/vWhL472l9P
— Craig Kelly (@CKellyUAP) June 21, 2021
Now, the Swiss government plans to destroy 10.3 million expired Moderna Covid-19 vaccines worth around 280 million Swiss francs (US$285 million).
According to the Swiss government, Moderna and Pfizer-mRNA BioNTech’s technology was effective, leaving Switzerland with a large dose surplus.
In Switzerland, residents protested against vaccination mandates and vaccine passports last year.
Massive protest against the health pass (vaccine pass) in Bern, Switzerland. pic.twitter.com/vZWkzeE8zL
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) October 23, 2021
People protest against vaccine mandates and passports in Switzerland pic.twitter.com/AVnf8rsbTd
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 13, 2021
In addition to Switzerland, other countries have disposed of hundreds of millions of doses of unused vaccines.
The Gateway Pundit previously reported that the Canadian government announced on Tuesday that it would destroy 13.6 million expired doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to a lack of demand at home and overseas.
According to reports, more than half of all the doses it has ever bought have expired after Canada couldn’t find any foreign countries willing to take the vaccines, despite pledging to donate them.
“Due to limited demand for the vaccine and recipient country challenges with distribution and absorption, they were not accepted,” Health Canada said in a statement.