Malawi burns off virtually 17,000 expired doses

Whereas vaccination campaigns are accelerating in some international locations, they’re stagnating in others. LeMalawi needed to destroy almost 17,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday. Doses with out recipients that stopped expiring.

A whole of 16,910 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been cremated on the Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. A resolution “which was important”, to indicate that they “shouldn’t be used” in line with the Minister of Well being, Khumbize Chiponda, in place.

Malawi acquired three batches of AstraZeneca, amounting to 450,000 doses. However the downside is that the final batch, 100,000 doses despatched by the African Union, solely had a shelf lifetime of two weeks. It’s due to this fact not sufficient to promote them earlier than the expiry date in mid-April.

A state of affairs that might be defined particularly by the “propaganda in opposition to AstraZeneca” in line with the minister, who estimated that the nation had executed “its greatest” earlier than withdrawing the doses regardless of the WHO’s assurance that the product might be used for 3 months after the acknowledged date.

300,000 individuals have been vaccinated

Because the marketing campaign started in March, Malawi has solely vaccinated 300,000 individuals for a inhabitants of 17.5 million. As in different international locations, fears of unwanted effects, rumors questioning the protection of the vaccine or claiming that it causes impotence have brought about suspicion among the many inhabitants.

A state of affairs paying homage to South Sudan, pressured to destroy in late April 60,000 expired doses of AstraZeneca. Once more, the vaccines lasted solely two weeks once they arrived in Juba.


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