South Sudan set to dispose of 60,000 expired doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine

*When Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine doses reached South Sudan, we later discovered that the (remaining) lifespan of this vaccine is just 14 days, says Richard Lako, Health Ministry COVID-19 Incident Manager

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In order to protect the lives of the citizenry from any negative health implications from wrong vaccinations as the exercise gets underway in the country, South Sudan has said it is planning to dispose of 60,000 expired doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.

ConsumerConnect learnt Richard Lako, COVID-19 Incident Manager at the country’s Health Ministry, who disclosed this development Monday, April 19, 2021, said the MTN, African telecoms firm and the African Union (AU) donated the affected vaccine doses late March.

Lako stated: “When it reached here, we later discovered that the (remaining) lifespan of this vaccine is just 14 days.”

The drugs have since expired, and are “already locked somewhere to be dealt with as soon as possible,” stated he.

According to him, South Sudan Health Ministry and drug authority are working on plans to dispose of the expired vaccines.

Lako noted: “The ministry is now engaging the African Union and the team with regard to that effect.”

It is recalled that South Sudan late March 2021 received separate 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX global initiative to ensure that lower-income countries receive jabs.

However, vaccinations took a week to get underway, and so far only 2,000 people, mostly health workers, have been vaccinated in the country, according to report.

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