Nigeria To Discard 1 Million Expired COVID-19 Vaccines

In Summary

Less than 4% of adults in Africa’s most populous country of at least 200 million are fully vaccinated.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is set to destroy around 1 million COVID-19 vaccines that expired, according to Reuters.  

Faisal Shuaib, who is the leader of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Monday they are working with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on a date for the dismantling of the vaccines. 

RELATED: Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria

Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria’s health minister, said a number of COVID-19 doses donated by well-developed Western countries had a deadline of only weeks to use, which added to the country’s problems of vaccinating its citizens. 

According to the World Health Organization, almost 4 million people in Nigeria are fully vaccinated. 

Shuaib stated the country had taken in vaccines that had short shelf lives from international donor nations to try to use them quickly, according to Reuters. The goal was to give some protection for Nigerians due to the lack of vaccines. 

RELATED: China Offers 600 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Africa

Due to a presidential committee decision, he said Nigeria won’t accept vaccines that are about to expire. 

A week ago, about 1 million COVID-19 vaccines expired in the country last month. 

“Vaccine wastage is to be expected in any immunization [program], and in the context of COVID-19 deployment is a global phenomenon,” the WHO told Reuters. 

RELATED: Vaccine Inequity Contributed to Emergence of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

On Thursday, WHO’s vaccine director Kate O’Brien said the amount of wasted doses is smaller in countries getting does through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access than in many high-income countries. 

Latest in Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Pandemic

Child Abuse Report: Deaths of Black Children Up During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Coronavirus Pandemic

‘You Win If You’re Not White’: COVID Equity Guidance Facing Attacks

Stephen A Smith

Coronavirus Pandemic

Stephen A. Smith on COVID-19 Battle: The Vaccine Saved My Life

Poor People's Campaign at Inequality Rally

Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID Rages on as Inequality Explodes. It’s Time to Tax Billionaires

Coronavirus Pandemic

SCOTUS Blocks Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

Coronavirus Pandemic

64th Grammy Awards Postponed Due to Omicron Variant

Coronavirus Pandemic

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Tests Positive For COVID-19

Coronavirus Pandemic

CDC Says to Avoid Cruise Ships at all Costs Amid Omicron Surge