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Health chief ascribes discovery of vaccines in Morovis to ‘bad management’

By The Star Staff

Some citizens may be in line for the COVID-19 vaccine even without an appointment.

To the surprise of the island Health Department, a small number of vaccines was found inside a reportedly abandoned refrigerator in Morovis in an incident that designated Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López on Wednesday attributed to “mismanagement.”

“When there are many people waiting for the vaccine in Puerto Rico, in the town of Morovis two doses of [the] Moderna [vaccine] appear with two syringes,” Mellado López said at a press conference. “Needless to say, I have already contacted the secretary of Public Safety and our investigative staff is already in Morovis interviewing the person who found the refrigerator, and other people.”

“We have to go the last mile so that it is known what happened,” he added.

The police reported Wednesday afternoon that on a road in La Alianza, at Girasol Street in the Barahona neighborhood of Morovis, a citizen noticed a cardboard box that turned out to contain COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the police, the citizen showed up at the station to report that he had found the box that contained a white refrigerator, which in turn contained syringes and a small box with Moderna vaccines inside.

Meanwhile, Mellado López announced during the press conference that two more cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 B117 that occurred in January were reported in the western region of Puerto Rico. The Ponce Health Sciences University detected the cases, which were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for analysis, and offered assurances that there is no data on the spread of the variant in the rest of the island.

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