South Sudan Disposes Expired Vaccines

South Sudan has announced that 60,000 doses of the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine, donated by the African Union, have been thrown away after they expired before use.

This comes after the country suspended the vaccination process last month citing logistical challenges.

Upon resuming,about 2,000 health workers and the elderly in the capital Juba received their first jab .

South Sudan Disposes Expired Vaccines

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Dr Richard Laku, the government’s Incident Manager, said even if the country had started vaccinations using the 60,000 doses, they wouldn’t have finished them before the expiry date.

Vaccinations are currently being done using another batch of 132,000 doses. received in March through the vaccine sharing Covax initiative.

The World Health Organization’s Country Representative, Fabian Ndenzako, said they would offer guidance to the government on how to dispose of the vaccines if called upon.