After two-and-a-half years of COVID-19, we’re all moving on. Sure, the virus is still there, albeit generally less dangerous with the Omicron variant, but many Americans no longer don masks and regular life has mostly returned.
The whole “moving on” thing has one serious effect on vaccine makers.
“It’s sad to say, I’m in the process of throwing 30 million doses into the garbage because nobody wants them,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said this week. “We have a big demand problem.”
Speaking to an audience at the World Economic Forum, Bancel also said efforts to contact various governments have failed.
“We right now have governments – we tried to contact … through the embassies in Washington. Every country, and nobody wants to take them,” he said.
“The issue in many countries is that people don’t want vaccines,” he added.