Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 doses, stockpiled by governments during the pandemic, have gone to waste, essentially flushing billions of dollars of federal funds down the toilet. The world is also grappling with a massive volume of waste from unused pandemic PPE and discarded masks, putting a significant strain on the environment.
The U.K. stockpiled 650 million doses of COVID-19 injections during the pandemic, but only 142 million have been used
The remainder expire six to 12 months after their date of manufacture, which means millions of doses are going to end up as trash; about $5 billion stands to be wasted on unused shots in the U.K.
The U.K. government has also written off billions of dollars in money spent on protective equipment and ventilators that went unused
The overuse of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to another problem — a massive volume of medical trash that’s straining waste management systems and the environment
According to WHO, 87,000 tons of PPE were accumulated from March 2020 to November 2021 in order to fight COVID-19, but most of it has gone to waste