Aug 14, 2021

Expired, stockpiled and booster shots - vaccine news from around the world

An international survey has shown that 3.5 Bn people around the world are yet to receive any kind of Covid-19 vaccine while the richer nations are going towards booster doses by now. The wealthier nations are also seen stockpiling vaccines for the next year, and discarding large stocks of expired vaccines. 

North Carolina, USA is reported to have 800,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines nearing expiration. 

80,000 expired Pfizer doses have been discarded by Israel in July while Poland has discarded 73,000 from various Covid-19 vaccine doses. Slovakia has rejected 160,000 doses of Sputnik-V as they were nearing expiration. 

According to World Health Organisation data, Africa has 469,868 expired vaccine doses as of August 9.
Dr. Richard Mihigo · Immunization and Vaccines Development Programme Coordinator at WHO/AFRO stated that most vaccines arrive in the continent well into their validity period.