120 doses of Moderna vaccine lost in Baton Rouge after power outage

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Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Louisiana has lost 120 doses of the Moderna vaccine after a power outage in Baton Rouge of the weekend, according to Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health.

He did not say where the doses were lost but did say that the refrigerator the vaccines were in lost the safe temperature after bad weather caused an outage.

Kanter said that officials did not find out about the power outage until returning to the location following the weekend storms.

According to Kanter, the 120 doses were a majority of the state’s total loss of 146 vaccines.

Kanter did not say how the remaining 26 doses were lost.

The news comes as Kanter says demand for the COVID-19 vaccines far exceeds the supply given to the state.

Both Kanter and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that more vaccines are on the way to more sites starting next week.

Edwards has instructed that doses be made available for people 70 and older across all 64 parishes.

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