By Anica Padilla

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Hundreds of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine sent to Colorado went to waste recently. A portable storage unit malfunctioned in Pueblo, rendering 300 doses of the Pfizer vaccine unusable. The Pfizer vaccine needs to be kept at -70 degrees.

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The Colorado State Joint Information Center confirmed the information to KKTV on Wednesday.

“The state’s goal is to use every single available vaccine, acknowledging that emergencies may occur infrequently,” a representative with the Colorado State Joint Information Center wrote.

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As of Wednesday, more than 209,000 Coloradans have been immunized with at least one dose of a vaccine, while nearly 44,000 people have received two doses.

Anica Padilla