COVID-19 vaccine waste investigation continues in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The war of words between state and county leaders went quiet Thursday as the investigation into the COVID-19 vaccine waste continues in Shelby County.

FOX13 spent the day reaching out to county and state leaders to find out what’s next in the investigation of thousands of vaccines wasted by county officials but have not received a response from Mayor Lee Harris.  

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Wednesday, Harris was vocal in his dissatisfaction with the state’s handling of the global pandemic.

“The state of TN is last of 50 states according to New York times so if you have a 50 out of 50 then someone isn’t is not at the wheel. I think that lies at the feet and doorstep of Gov. Bill Lee. I think he’s not doing an active job of managing this pandemic,” said Harris.

Governor Bill Lee’s office responded to that statement saying: “The mayor’s full comments were troubling because they confirmed another significant management violation at Shelby Co Health Department.”

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That violation is stockpiling. The mayor’s spokesperson said the state had no issues during a February 8th meeting about what the county was doing.

The governor’s office said Lee will not speak about the investigation until more information becomes available.

The state’s health department said Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey is scheduled to provide an update in the investigation Friday morning.