Following freezer failure, nurses rush out 1,300 COVID-19 vaccines to anyone available

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed.

It’s not clear what caused the freezer failure Thursday night, but the UW Medical Center’s Northwest and Montlake campuses and Swedish Medical Center received more than 1,300 doses that needed to be used before they expired at 5:30 a.m. Friday, The Seattle Times reported.

Word of the unexpected doses spread on social media, and a line of hopeful vaccine recipients snaked out the clinic door and through a parking lot at UW Medical Center-Northwest. A hundred people lined up at Swedish Medical Center’s clinic at Seattle University. The hospital tweeted at 11:59 p.m. that it had 588 doses to give out,

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Vaccines, AI, Litigation, Recession Made Headlines 10 Years Ago

How much have things changed for the insurance industry in the past decade? Judging by feature headlines from Insurance Journal published in February 2011, many of the issues and themes talked about then are again, or still, on the minds of insurance professionals in February 2021.

It’s not hard to imagine stories today about liability for vaccine makers; an oil spill investigation, litigation over Obamacare; fears surrounding artificial intelligence; lawsuits driving directors and officers insurance; rising M&A legal costs; post-recession insurance buying habits; risks and insurance of the Super Bowl; health costs, obesity and technology affecting workers’ compensation and Warren Buffett raising eyebrows.

Take a step back to February 2011 with these 10 Insurance Journal headlines:

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“Leftover” COVID Vaccines Offered To Non-Priority Groups

Young, healthy people in the United Kingdom have reported receiving “leftover” doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine due to no-show appointments, while IT loopholes have offered others a chance to jump the priority queue.

One woman tells Newsweek she was offered an injection at a mass vaccination center in England after taking her 80-year-old mother to get her vaccine. As temperatures plunged on Sunday, much of the U.K. was covered in snow. It suddenly became clear to vaccine center workers that doses would be unused and wasted due to a large number of patients who are elderly or vulnerable being unable to make it in the treacherous conditions.

The center, in southern England, was administering doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, which has a shelf life of just a few hours after it is removed from ultra-cold conditions. Pfizer is shipping its vaccines in special containers packed in dry ice to

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