SIXTY THOUSAND DOSES OF OXFORD-ASTRAZENECA VACCINE DONATED TO SOUTH SUDAN EXPIRES BEFORE IT’S ARRIVAL.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on April 20, 2021
Foreign scene, Health authorities in South Sudan have reported that sixty thousand doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the African Union expired before they were used.
The country last month postponed the start of the vaccination campaign, citing logistical challenges.
Vaccinations are currently being done using another batch of one hundred and thirty two thousand does received in March through the vaccine sharing Covax initiative.
Dr. Richard laku, the Government’s incident Manager, said even if the country had started vaccinations using the sixty thousand doses, they would not have finished them before the expiring date.
The World Health Organisations country representative, Fabian Ndenzako, said they would offer guidance to the government on how to dispose the vaccine if called upon.