The United Nations said on Thursday that poor countries had refused to receive the 100 million dosage vaccine last month because their expiration date was approaching.
The World Health Organization has repeatedly accused rich countries of seizing vaccines and providing only short-term vaccines to poor countries. A “moral insult” to the WHO.
At the end of December, Nigeria burned more than a million doses of the Astrogenega vaccine a few months ago, but its expiration date was approaching and it was out of date.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which plays a key role in the international Kovacs mechanism as a major logistics partner for the distribution of vaccines in backward countries, the latter now refuses to get close to the expiration date.
In December, “more than a hundred million doses were denied,” Edleva Cadilli, director of UNICEF’s supply division, told the European Parliament’s Development Committee.
“Most of the denials are for expiration dates,” he said.
He explained that these countries need long-term storage quantities to better plan vaccination campaigns and provide immunity to “people living in inaccessible areas and vulnerable environments.”
The official explained that one third of the doses given by Covax were donations from European countries.
In October and November, 15 million doses given by the EU were rejected by poor countries, 75% of which were less than ten weeks after the estrogen vaccine – once the vaccine reached the target – was available.
Ms Cadilly explained that many countries are calling for a “split” in vaccine supplies and postponement to the next quarter.
The international approach to equivalent access to the Kovacs vaccine – led by the Vaccine Alliance (Kavi), WHO and Cepi (Infectious Disease Invention Coalition), is set to deliver its billion-dollar dose in the coming days.
More than 9.4 billion vaccines have now been delivered worldwide, WHO President Tetros Adanom Caprese told a meeting of the Govt Emergency Committee on Thursday.
But 90 countries have not yet reached the 40% vaccination target set for the end of 2021, and “more than 85% of the African population, or about one billion people, have not yet received a single dose.”