CDC heads to Shelby County amid vaccine distribution scandal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Officials from the Centers for Disease Control are headed to Memphis amid the COVID-19 vaccine scandal surrounding the Shelby County Health Department.

Some 2,400 vaccine doses were wasted and thrown out after expiring.

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The county also reportedly sat on over 50,000 doses, holding them in inventory.

State officials called that a major violation that could have deprived eligible elderly individuals from receiving their fair share of the vaccine.

The CDC has been in touch with county and state public health officials, and is sending a staff member to provide ground assistance with vaccine distribution, according to a statement from the CDC.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said he anticipates a federal investigation into the mishandling of vaccines in Shelby County.

RELATED: Shelby County Commissioners to meet with health director, mayor about vaccine issues

On Wednesday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said he does not think Lee is doing “an active job” to manage the global pandemic.

Shelby County Commissioners are meeting with SCHD Director Alisa Haushalter and the Mayor today to figure out what went wrong during the vaccine process.