AKA, Fukuoka -- A village in southwest Japan announced on July 18 that it would discard 2,160 doses of COVID-19 vaccine designated for its residents as the storage freezer had been unplugged, causing inside temperatures to rise.
The population of the Fukuoka Prefecture village of Aka was 2,776, according to preliminary figures from the 2020 census. An official at the municipal government commented, "As vaccine supplies are dwindling, this will likely affect our rollout plans. We will consult how to respond to the situation with the prefectural government."
According to the village, the vaccine storage freezer apparently became unplugged for some reason during electrical work on the evening of July 16. The municipal government consequently canceled vaccination appointments for 174 people on July 17 and 306 on July 18, mainly among villagers aged under 65.
(Japanese original by Toshio Araki, Chikuho Bureau)