Uganda has stated that it is set to destroy 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines which were meant to be utilized in a mass vaccination exercise.
Africanews reports that the government had secured over 500,000 doses of Moderna vaccines to be used in November last year with the aim of meeting its target of vaccinating 22 million Ugandans above the age of 18.
Less than half of the aforementioned target have so far been met. Unfortunately, only 100,000 doses of the vaccine were utilised leaving, 400,000 doses to go to waste.
The Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng said, “Moderna is ultra-frozen. Before use, when it was unutilized in Achol, we took it to western Uganda but couldn’t utilise it before 30 days."
In December 2021, neighbouring African country Nigeria also destroyed over a million expired doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
The expired doses were destroyed a week after the country announced it will no longer accept donated vaccines with short shelf lives.
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