January 16, 2022

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Kovid-19: Poor countries reject 100 million doses of vaccine near expiration date

Kovid-19: Poor countries reject 100 million doses of vaccine near expiration date

Poor countries last month refused to receive 100 million doses of the Kovid vaccine because their expiration date is approaching, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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The World Health Organization has repeatedly accused rich countries of seizing vaccines and giving only short-term vaccines to poor countries. “Moral insult” to WHO.

At the end of December, Nigeria shot down more than a million doses of the astrogen gene vaccine donated by developed countries a few months ago, but its expiration date and its expiration date.

The latter is now refusing to accept doses that are too close to the deadline, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which plays a key role in the international Kovacs mechanism as a major logistics partner for the distribution of vaccines in hostile countries.

In December, UNICEF Supply Division Director Atleva Kadilli told the European Parliament Development Committee that “more than one hundred million doses had been rejected.”

“The majority of rejections are due by the expiration date,” she says.

She explained that these countries need long-term storage doses to better plan vaccination campaigns and vaccinate “populations living in hard-to-reach areas and fragile areas”.

The official also explained that almost a third of the doses provided by Kovacs were donations from European countries.

In October and November, the poorest nations rejected the 15 million doses donated by the European Union, 75% of which were astrogenic vaccines, whose shelf life – once the vaccine had reached their destination – was less than ten weeks.

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Ms Kadilly explained that many countries are asking for “splitting” vaccine deliveries and pushing them back to the next quarter.

The Kovacs International Agency for Equivalent Access to the Vaccine – co-led by the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), WHO and Cepi (Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), is preparing to distribute its billions in the coming days.

More than 9.4 billion vaccines are now being administered worldwide, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanam Ghebreas told a Kovid Emergency Committee meeting on Thursday.

But 90 countries have not yet reached the 40% vaccine target set by the end of 2021, and “more than 85% of Africa’s population, or about one billion people, have not yet received a single dose of the vaccine,” he said. .

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