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Here’s how the Texas winter storms, power outages have affected COVID-19 vaccines

 

Nahila Bonfiglio

Tech

From our friends at Nautilus:

Americans across multiple states are feeling the after-effects of Winter Storm Uri, but Texans have been hit particularly hard. Homes and businesses lost power in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 as temperatures dropped into the single digits. As people scrambled to maintain power and stay warm, health officials in Texas were desperately trying to navigate delays in COVID-19 vaccine distribution caused by the inclement weather.

The massive winter storm in Texas is expected to delay COVID vaccine distribution throughout the week. The state doesn’t expect its latest shipment of 400,000 additional vaccine doses to arrive before Feb. 17 or Feb. 18, at the earliest. Appointments to receive doses were also postponed or delayed, as the harsh winter weather kept most southerners firmly indoors.

A more dire situation arose in Houston on Feb. 15, when the power outages struck a facility housing 8,430 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine. The vaccine must be kept at a temperature between minus-13 and 5degrees Fahrenheit. When the freezer that housed the vaccines lost power and a backup generator also failed, officials were left scrambling to administer the doses before they expired.

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