Poorest countries reject millions of doses of vaccines against Covid-19 about to expire: Unicef

The poorest nations last month rejected more than 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the program global Covax, mainly because of its upcoming expiration date, an official at Unicef.

The figure shows the difficulties of vaccinating the world despite a growing supply of vaccines, with Covax coming close to delivering 1 billion doses to a total of almost 150 countries.

“More than 100 million have been rejected in December alone,” he said. Etleva Kadilli, director of the Supply Division of the agency of UNICEF, to legislators in the European Parliament.

The main reason for rejection was delivery of doses with a short shelf life, he said.

Poorer nations have also been forced to delay supplies because they don’t have enough storage facilities, Kadilli said, including a lack of refrigerators for vaccines.

Unicef ​​did not immediately respond to a query about how many total doses have been rejected so far. In addition to the rejected doses, many others remain unused in storage facilities in poorer countries.

Unicef ​​data on supplies and use of delivered vaccines shows that 681 million doses shipped are currently unused in some 90 of the world’s poorest nations, according to CARE, a charity, which drew the figures from a database. of public data.

More than 30 poorest countries, including large states like the Democratic Republic of Congo Y Nigeria, have so far used less than half the doses they have received, CARE said, citing Unicef ​​data.

Covax, the global program co-led by the World Health Organization, has so far delivered 989 million Covid-19 vaccines to 144 countries, according to data from GAVI, a vaccine alliance, which co-runs the program.


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