Poorer countries reject millions of expiring doses of Covid-19 vaccine – UN – Action News Now

Just last month, more than 100 million doses delivered through the Covax program went unaccepted

Programs to help poorer countries vaccinate their populations against Covid-19 are facing a problem because the remaining shelf life of many donations is too short to be properly distributed, a UN official has revealed.

Etleva Kadilli told the European Parliament on Thursday that more than 100 million doses of the vaccine supplied to the UN’s COVAX programme had to be rejected by recipients in December alone, much of it due to looming vaccine expiration dates. The official is head of UNICEF Supply, the UN agency that aims to improve the lives of children around the world.

Some 15.5 million doses reportedly rejected last month were destroyed, the agency said later in the day. Some shipments were rejected by multiple countries.

Poorer countries have many problems receiving vaccines donated to them. Due to factors such as domestic instability and strained medical infrastructure, many lack the storage capacity to receive shipments and are having problems conducting vaccination campaigns.

But Cadilli told EU lawmakers that the short expiry date of vaccines donated to the sharing scheme was also a major issue.

“Until we have better shelf life, this will be a pressure point for countries, especially when countries want to reach populations in hard-to-reach areas,” she says.

According to its management report, COVAX is now approaching the delivery of its billionth dose. So far, the EU has provided about a third of the dose, Kadilli said.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which co-manages COVAX, has repeatedly described its lackluster aid from donors as a moral failure while wealthy countries hoard vaccines.

Some 92 Member States miss WHO 2021 vaccination target of 40% “With limited supplies flowing to low-income countries for much of the year, subsequent vaccines are expiring without critical components – like syringes,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at his year-end meeting in December.

Some critics say the plan was flawed from the start because it relied on the generosity of the wealthy rather than pushing for broader access to vaccines in developing countries by removing legal barriers such as patent protection.Billionaire Bill Gates is an influential figure in global health care, although his foundation has been vehemently opposed to removing patent protection for medicines seem Dropped a Covid-19 vaccine after facing criticism for the post.

Alternatives designed for the needs and capabilities of poor countries, such as the open-source, patent-free Corbevax vaccine, have been underfunded. The vaccine, developed by two scientists in Texas, has received more funding from the charity of spirits maker Tito’s Vodka in their hometown than from the U.S. government, Elena Bottazzi, co-director of the project. Tell vice.

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