1,900 COVID-19 vaccines spoiled at hospital in Boston after freezer failure

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BOSTON (WPRI) — About 1,900 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are spoiled at a VA Medical Center in Boston after a freezer there failed.

A spokesperson for the VA says a contractor accidentally unplugged the freezer while cleaning.

The freezer has an alarm system in case something like this were to happen, but officials say it did not go off. An investigation is underway to determine why.

More doses are on the way to that facility, and the spokesperson says their vaccine distribution should not be interrupted.

The Mass. Department of Health reported 4,935 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state and 80 people had died after contracting the virus.

The data shows 2,098 residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 426 patients in the intensive care unit.

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