A total of 8.6 million vaccine doses were delivered in the first quarter of 2022, and in the second quarter – i.e. from the beginning of April – a further 889,800 doses were delivered to Austria. Expired vaccines are actually disposed of properly. But donations are also made diligently abroad. So far that has been 5,428,020 cans. Further donations are in the pipeline. One hears of two million doses! Either way: With the 15.8 million in stock and the eight (!) million ordered for the second quarter, the taxpayer could otherwise be left with more than 20 million vaccine doses. Estimated cost: More than 400 million euros!
After the expiration date, unused and non-donated vaccines are “taken over and disposed of by disposal companies in accordance with the rules”. Before that, the vaccine is kept for a while because the vaccine manufacturers are constantly adjusting the vaccine shelf life according to the current data.
Curious: the shelf life for the coronavirus vaccine from Biontech/Pfizer had already been extended from nine to twelve months and for the vaccine from Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) in the thawed state from four and a half to eleven months.
Because there is hardly any demand for corona vaccines across Europe, according to a report by “Krone”, negotiations are now being held at EU level to limit or even stop the purchase program. Until then, however, the taxpayer will be left with costs in the millions. Because: The vaccines became more and more expensive in the course of the corona pandemic. From initially 15.50 euros, the price is said to have risen to almost 20 euros per piece. The Ministry of Health could not explain why the increase occurred.