Swiss authorities have also purchased millions of doses of the new, updated, Moderna vaccine. © Keystone / Ennio Leanza
The doses are to be jettisoned after expiring earlier this week, health authorities said on Saturday. New jabs are on the way for this autumn's vaccination efforts.
This content was published on September 24, 2022 - 15:07 September 24, 2022 - 15:07 Keystone-SDA/dos
Of the 10.3 million doses, all made by the Moderna manufacturer, 2.5 million are currently in the Swiss army's logistics base, while 7.8 million are in an external storage depot in Belgium, the government confirmed to the Keystone-SDA news agency. The story was first reported by the Swiss news magazine Beobachter.
The Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH) told Keystone-SDA that the procurement strategy was consciously based on buying more doses than the population (of 8.7 million) needed, in order to avoid becoming reliant on a vaccine that might have proved ineffective. Surplus doses also help in case of delivery problems or unmet contracts.
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