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Poor countries reject Covid-19 vaccines for being close to expiration

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Poor countries reject Covid-19 vaccines for being close to expiration

Brussels, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax mechanism were rejected last month in approximately 90 of the world´s poorest nations as they were close to expire, a UN agency reported today.
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Etleva Kadilli, director of the United Nations Children’s Fund Supply Division, told legislators in the European Parliament that this figure shows the problems in vaccinating the world´s population despite of the growing supply of immunogens.

Kadilli warned that those affected countries delayed supplies because they do not count with enough storage facilities, including refrigerators to preserve the vaccines.

Unicef figures on supplies and use of the delivered drugs revealed that 681 million doses sent are currently unused in approximately 90 of the world´s poorest nations. Besides, more than 30 poor countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria have so far used less than half of the doses they received, informed the charitable organization CARE, citing data of the United Nations agency.

Covax, the global program co-led by the World´s Health Organization (WHO) has delievered so far 989 million Covid-19 vaccines to 144 countries.

On the other hand, the goal of vaccinating 40 % of the respective national populations against Covid-19, by the end of 2021, had been infringed by 92 States out of 144 WHO State members until last December.

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