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Covid-19: Nigeria forced to destroy more than a million expired vaccines


EXPIRY – Nigeria on Wednesday cremated more than one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated a few months ago by developed countries but whose expiration date was approaching and which have since expired.

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“We have successfully removed 1, 05 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that had expired “. Pl us of one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine given to Nigeria a few months ago by developed countries and which have expired have been destroyed, authorities said on Wednesday.

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“When these vaccines were first introduced to us, we knew they had a short shelf life, but we lived in an environment where the vaccine supply was low. very rare “, explained the director of the national agency in charge of immunization programs, Dr Faisal Shuaib.

“Offered on the point to expire “

At that time, “vaccines were not available due to the prevailing nationalism in vaccines, developed countries have procured these vaccines and then stored them, then when they were about to expire, offered them to us “, did -He denounces.

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The most populous country of Africa has so far fully immunized some 4 million people, less than 3% of the adult population, far from the government’s goal of vaccinating 96 millions of people by the end 2021.

Health authorities announced on Monday that the country is facing a fourth wave of Covid – 19, and called for “strict” compliance with sanitary rules during the holiday season. “Nigeria recorded an increase of 472% of the number of cases confirmed in the last two weeks across the country due to the Delta and Omicron variants “, according to a statement from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

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