Deaths still surge, vaccines up for elderly, but sites a logistical challenge

by Ruth Leubecker

With demand already exceeding supply, then 4,400 doses of COVID vaccine arriving in Maine unusable, this has been a week of crisis as the state continues to battle the virus.

“We decided 35 of the 50 shipments to Maine had exceeded the safe temperature,” explained Dr. Nirav Shah in his January 19 briefing. “That’s 4,400 doses over the required minimum storage temperature on the Moderna vaccine. We should be receiving replacement shipments over the next two days.”

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