According to MJD, Democratic Republic of Congo return 1.3 million doses of vaccines received via the COVAX Facility for redistribution to other countries, including the Caribbean countries, that can expedite its rollout before expiry date. Inability to quickly administer the vaccine doses were however not the sole reason for the return of the life saving drugs. WHO had delayed in delivering the shipments to the continent thus leaving short period before the vaccines expired.
There is high vaccine hesitancy in Democratic Republic of Congo. Only 60% of the people there are willing to get vaccinated thus government is struggling with rolling out at scale and at speed. The country of more than 80 million people has officially registered 28,956 cases of COVID-19, with 745 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.
DRC suspended the used of AstraZeneca vaccines as a precaution, following its suspension by the number of European countries over concern that some people who had received it experienced blood clots. U.S. probably won't be needed in February, South Africa scuttled plans to use AstraZeneca vaccines, which tested poorly against the coronavirus variant that is dominant there and has also been linked to blood clots.
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