The Mystery Of The Missing Vaccines: Estimated 1.8 Million ‘Missed Doses’ In Andalusia

THE Andalusian government insists on pointing out a supposed scandal which took place during the previous socialist government’s term and insinuates that there are six million euros in bought vaccines that have “disappeared.”

The Andalusian government put forward today (Tuesday) a further update to the mystery of the flu vaccines in Andalusia. Following today’s Governing Council meeting, the Minister of the Presidency, Elías Bendodo, elaborated on this mystery. According to Bendodo the 1.8 million missing vaccine doses is valued, “in the private market at 27 million euros”.

Despite the missing vaccines, there is no official complaint in the courts and since the investigation was opened last March, no further developments have been made.

The previous government’s opposition parties PP and Cs brought this alleged flu vaccine scandal to light at a time when protests from public health professionals were back in the foreground.

While the unions promoted concentrations outside hospitals, highlighting that the new Executive had failed to fulfil his promises for Andalusian health, with increasing problems on waiting lists, vacancies not covered etc. the adviser to the Presidency has brought the case of the missing vaccines to the forefront once more.

Alarms were originally triggered when, during the Andalusian government change-over, data offered by the PSOE did not match official data from the Andalusian Health Service which pointed to the supposed disappearance of a total of 1.8 million doses of vaccines from the 2009 campaign to the 2018-2019 campaign. The current Government compared the official data recorded in the Andalusian Health Service system of vaccinations purchased as well as those returned to the data kept by the PSOE and concludes that that 1.8 million vaccinations are missing.

The Andalusian government stresses that the missing doses would reach 27 million in the private market, but has not yet gone to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Neither have they clarified if they will do so, opting to continue, for the time-being, to investigate internally.

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