Nigeria destroys a single mln donated AstraZeneca vaccine and short shelf life

Nigeria destroys a single mln donated AstraZeneca vaccine and short shelf life ...

ABUJA, Dec 22 - On Wednesday, Nigeria destroyed more than one million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines to convince a utmost public that they have been taken out of circulation.

The destruction came more than a week after health officials said some COVID-19 vaccines donated by rich Western nations have a shelf life that only allowed weeks to administer the shots. According to Reuters on Dec. 7 estimated that about one million COVID-19 vaccines have expired in November without being used in Nigeria in November.

Upon arriving at the dump in Abuja a bulldozer crushed AstraZeneca shots that had been stuffed in cardboard boxes and plastic as health officials watched.

Faisal Shuaib, the director of the National Health Organization, told reporters that the shortage of vaccine supplies on the continent had forced Nigeria to take the dose, because they knew they had a short shelf life.

"We've successfully withdrawn 1 066 214 doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines. We kept our promise to be transparent to Nigerians. The destruction today is the opportunity for Nigerians to have faith in our vaccination programme," said Shuaib.

As a result, governments on the continent of more than one billion people are pushing for more vaccine deliveries, while inoculation rates are lag richer regions. The higher the vaccination rates are, the higher the blood clone and the disease rates are due to new aging modes like Omicron, the more rapidly resembling variants.

In a presidential decision, the health minister said Nigeria wouldn't accept vaccines with short shelf life.

The World Health Organisation said that 12.5971 729 vaccine doses were administered in Nigeria from 9 Dec. 19.

Since the pandemic started, Africa's most populous country has 227,378 COVID-19 cases and 2 989 died of AIDS.

According to scientists, Nigeria needs to triple its vaccination drive from more than 100 doses per day to meet its goal to inoculate more than half of its population by the end of next year.

As in many other African countries, Nigeria has recently seen an increase in vaccine supplies, and emphasized other issues in the area of the distribution of the vaccine and the threat for citizens to repress the inoculation.

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