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Data: CDC; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Around 33,000 Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses will expire in Iowa this month, state health officials told Axios Wednesday.

Why it matters: Less than half of the state is vaccinated. It would be unsettling waste if they go unused.

By the numbers: COVID vaccine demand has plummeted in recent weeks.

  • Nearly 51,500 doses were given April 8, the peak of statewide vaccination, according to IDPH data.
  • Fewer than 3,500 were administered in recent days, a more than 90% drop.

Details: J&J is a one-dose vaccine and can be stored at normal refrigeration temps for up to three months.

  • Pfizer and Moderna's two-dose vaccines have colder storage requirements, but can be stored twice as long.

The big picture: More than 10.1 million doses of J&J have been delivered nationally but not administered, according to CDC data.

  • Multiple states are sounding alarm that they will expire: Ohio has 200K doses in danger; Arkansas has 60K.

What they're saying: Iowa announced a new vaccine awareness campaign this week and is advocating for the use of the soon-to-expire doses.

  • "Throughout the COVID-19 vaccine campaign, IDPH has provided consultation and education to ensure the use of every available dose," IDPH spokesperson Sarah Ekstrand told Axios.
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U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to share with the world

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The Biden administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to share with countries around the world, with the option to buy an additional 200 million, two sources familiar with the deal tell Axios.

Why it matters: That's a big step toward making the U.S. a major global vaccine supplier and comes as Biden departs for his first foreign trip as president.

Hospital suspends 178 staff for not complying with COVID vaccine mandate

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Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday suspended 178 employees without pay for 14 days for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Driving the news: The Texas hospital's CEO, Marc Boom, said in a message to staff shared with Axios that 24,947 workers had been vaccinated against the virus by Monday's deadline. 27 of those who didn't get fully vaccinated "have received one dose ... so I am hopeful they will get their second doses soon," Boom said.