Covid-19 vaccines: Why some African states have leftover doses


Despite many African countries struggling to เล่นสล็อต obtain enough Covid-19 vaccines, some have thousands of expired doses they have been unable to use.


Which countries have unused vaccines?
Malawi has been left with 16,400 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, while South Sudan has 59,000 - all now past their expiry date, 13 April.

Both countries say they have decided to destroy these consignments, donated via the African Union, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) asking for them to be kept while it investigates whether the expiry date can be safely extended.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, meanwhile, says it cannot use most of the 1.7 million Oxford-AstraZeneca doses it received under the global Covax scheme, for poorer countries.

Only about 1,000 of the doses had been administered by the end of April.

And most of this batch - with an expiry date of 24 June - is now being sent to Togo and Ghana, one of the countries to have already used up its initial vaccine supply.


Why have vaccines not been used?
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored safely in normal refrigerated conditions for up to six months after production.

And the African Union is now redistributing batches originally delivered to South Africa in February, with a 13 April expiry date.

The South African government decided not to use them, concerned the vaccine offered insufficient protection from the variant prevalent in the country.