According to Sweden's former national vaccine coordinator, Richard Bergstrom, most are "doses that people have decided not to take, i.e. the third, fourth or fifth (booster) dose."
The discarded doses are valued at a total of 143 million dollars, Bergstrom told the radio station. "They were already purchased, and now they have to be destroyed."
According to statistics from the Swedish Public Health Agency, the discarded doses are equivalent to approximately 20 percent of the vaccine doses that Sweden has purchased.
#Sweden has discarded nearly 8.5 million doses of vaccines against #COVID19, local media reported on Sunday. The discarded doses equal to about 20 percent of vaccine doses Sweden has procured, according to Swedish Public Health Agency's statistics, Radio Sweden reported. pic.twitter.com/XfZ3Tr8zPL