(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 20 – The health authorities of South Sudan have reported that 60,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, donated by the African Union (AU), have expired before they can be used, as reported by the BBC. The country postponed the start of the vaccination campaign last month due to logistical problems.
Vaccinations are currently underway thanks to another batch of 132,000 doses received in March as part of the Covax initiative for equal access to the vaccine by the poorest countries. Richard Laku, head of government incidents, said that even if South Sudan had started vaccinations using the 60,000 doses, it would not have run out before their expiration date.
About 2,000 health workers and older people in the capital Juba have received their first dose since immunization began two weeks ago. The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the country, Fabian Ndenzako, said he could give guidance to the government on how to dispose of the vaccines, should it so request. (HANDLE).
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