Countries around the world are racing against time to ensure their citizens are vaccinated against covid 19 disease. Rich countries like America, China have vaccinated more citizens than any other country. Developing nations are finding hard in getting vaccines due to high demand of the said commodity. These countries are depending on subsidized covid-19 vaccine through CoVax program.
The Republic of Malawi is one of the African countries that received covid 19 vaccines through CoVax program. However, the country received vaccines that had only eighteen days shelf life. These vaccines expired before they were administered. Today, the Republic of Malawi destroyed more than twenty thousand doses of Astrazeneca vaccine. This was against the advice of WHO and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The exercise of destroying expired vaccines was presided by the Health Minister of Malawi Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.
“We’re destroying (these vaccines) because using expired health commodities is against government policy,” she explained. “In Malawi’s expanded immunization program, no expired vaccine has ever been used.”
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