FG Promises To Reject COVID-19 Vaccines With Short Expiry Dates

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FG Promises To Reject COVID-19 Vaccines With Short Expiry Dates

Mojisola Adeyeye, the director-general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), said the agency is collaborating with foreign partners to guarantee Nigeria receives vaccinations with a longer expiration date.

“But going forward, we are working with international partners to ensure the expiration date of any vaccine we will be receiving are up to five or six months,” she stated.

Ms Adeyeye spoke against the backdrop of NAFDAC, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the Abuja Environmental Protection Agency destroying one million outdated vaccination doses in November.

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At the Gosa Dumping site in Abuja, 1,066,214 doses of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were discarded.

Ms Adeyeye claimed the expired vaccinations had a limited expiration date on Wednesday in Lagos.

“When developed countries started using vaccines for many months, we didn’t have access to them until we started receiving donations, not just through COVAX alone but from some countries also,” explained the NAFDAC boss.

“The expiration date was shorter than what it was supposed to be and between the time we tested and start using it, there was not enough time and that was the only reason not because we were careless.”

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