Poor countries rejected more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global program last month kovax, mainly because of their rapid expiration date, a UNICEF The officer has said.
Atleva Kadilli, director of the agency’s supply department, told lawmakers in the European Parliament that the main reason for the rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, Reuters reports.
Over 10 crores have been rejected in December alone.”
Poor countries have also been forced to delay supplies because they have inadequate storage facilities, including a lack of fridges for vaccines, Kadilli said.
Many countries also face high levels of vaccine hesitancy and excessive burdens on health care systems.
UNICEF data on the supply and use of distributed vaccines shows that 681m shipped doses are currently stored in about 90 poor countries, according to CARE, a charity, which pulled figures from a public database.
more than 30 poor nations, including large states, such as Democratic Republic of the Congo And NigeriaCare said, they used less than half of the dose they had received. Organization added:
To get vaccines from tarmac to weapons, we must invest in last mile delivery. Countries need delivery support – including health workers, education programs to combat cold chains and vaccine hesitation – if they want to use all the vaccines they receive. ,
A spokesman for Gavi, a vaccine alliance that co-manages COVAX, said the higher storage levels were due to increased deliveries in the last quarter, especially in December.
Gavi said most vaccines shipped by COVAX recently had a long shelf life, and so were unlikely to go to waste.
According to data from Gavi, COVAX, which is co-led by the World Health Organisation, has so far distributed 987m Covid-19 vaccines to 144 countries.
A senior WHO official said last month that wealthy countries donating vaccines with relatively short shelf lives have been a “big problem” for COVAX.