BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
Close to 13 thousand doses of vaccines currently in stock in the country will expire soon.
This was confirmed by Dr Yogesh Choudhri Senior Advisor for Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the latest Covid-19 update during a radio talk back show yesterday.
“In terms of the 112 thousand doses that we have, close to 13 thousand doses will be expired in mid-October. The rest of doses will be expiring in November,” Choudhri said.
“So, we will be rolling out the doses sooner the later in the provinces,” he said.
He said, the Ministry has plans in place to roll out the vaccines before the expiry dates comes.
“They are pretty sure to use all the vaccines before the expiry dates to minimize the wastage of vaccine.
“But if the vaccines expire, we will not be using them. We will discard them,” Choudhri said.
He said for AstraZeneca vaccine the expiry dates are within three to four months. Unlike for Sinopharm its expiry date is on March 2023.