Citing a “big demand problem,” Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel claimed that the company is tossing out millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Bancel made his remarks at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.
Bancel stated, “It’s sad to say I’m in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them. We have a big demand problem.” He added that “We right now have governments — we tried to contact … through the embassies in Washington. Every country and nobody wants to take them. And so, the challenge we have right now is very different to the one we had two years ago.” In specifically referencing the United States, he noted, “The issue in many countries is that people don’t want vaccines.”
Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna:
"it's sad to say, I'm in the process of throwing 30 million doses in the garbage because nobody wants them. We have a big demand problem."
— Efron Monsanto 🇨🇦🚜🚛 (@realmonsanto) May 23, 2022
Moderna has contacted multiple nations to see whether they are interested in the vaccines. However, according to Bancel, there has been no interest. Bancel’s remarks follow an announcement from Moderna Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton of plans to introduce an omicron-specific vaccine booster in the fall.
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