Fact Check: Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Are NOT Improperly Stored At Unsuitable Temperatures Leading Them To Expire

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Fact Check: Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Are NOT Improperly Stored At Unsuitable Temperatures Leading Them To Expire Not The Issue

Are millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses in Romania being improperly stored at inappropriate temperature levels, set to expire? No, that's not true: Millions of doses were distributed by manufacturers to each EU member country, and several countries, including Romania, have millions of doses that have not been administered which will be destroyed according to standard procedure.

The claim originated from a video published by TikTok user @cristian451972 on July 5 (archived, here) with a caption reading:

Millions of vaccines are sitting in storage spaces at unsuitable temperatures, and are about to expire. Sleep tight, dear Romanians! No longer accept anything from this satanic system, which is only interested in Romania's extermination and depopulation.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Jul 19 07:21:36 2023 UTC)

According to the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the total number of doses distributed to Romania was 26.9 million and as of mid-June this year, 16.1 million doses were administered, leaving 10.7 million doses unused.

According to a news report from August 2022, Romania's Health Minister Alexandru Rafila said that 8 million vaccine doses were no longer usable because Romanians were not seeking vaccines, they could not be sold or donated to other countries, and therefore he said that the government would need to pay for them to be destroyed. The unused doses did not result from substandard storage conditions at inappropriate temperature levels, instead, they represent the number of doses that were not administered, which like all perishable products, would eventually expire.

The post presents no evidence that millions of doses were stored in substandard facilities at inappropriate temperature levels. According to a document of the National Center for Surveillance and Control of Transmissible Diseases, issued in accordance with WHO regulations, "Procedures on the Storage of Vaccines," states clearly that vaccines are to be stored in refrigerators, along with ice packs, and that the temperature needs to be constantly monitored, to ensure that a proper climate environment is maintained.

Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.

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