Nigerian health officials say some one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that expired before they could be used will be destroyed. Authorities have blamed the waste on donors who supplied doses that had only a brief shelf life.
The executive director of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, made the announcement at a weekly COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Monday.
He said about one million expired doses had been withdrawn from the country’s vaccine supply.
Shuaib added that authorities are working with the national drug control agency and the ministry of environment to ensure the vaccines are destroyed as required by health, safety and environmental protocols.
According to reports, the expired doses are donations from Europe, given to Nigeria through the international COVAX vaccine sharing program, and constitute the biggest number of vaccines to expire in any country.