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General News of Thursday, 9 December 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

We’re now rejecting coronavirus vaccines with short shelf life – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

The federal government disclosed that coronavirus vaccines with short shelf life and those that cannot be delivered on time, will now be rejected.

This was made known by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, after reports of one million coronavirus vaccines expired in the country.

According to the minister, over 10 million shorts of the vaccines supplied have been utilised and it saved the country about N16.4 billion or more than $40million in foreign exchange.

He however, called on donors who support the country with unused vaccines to begin the process early to avoid expiration of products before use.

Ehanire said;

“This dilemma is not typical to Nigeria, but a situation in which many Low- and medium-income countries find themselves.

“The Ministry of Health shares its experience with partners regularly and now politely declines all vaccine donations with short shelf life or those that cannot be delivered in time.

“With better coordination, vaccines need not expire in the stock of Donors or Recipients."

He added that to prevent quick expiration, the country will need to produce its own vaccines to have at least 12 months expiration.

“This is why the Federal Ministry of Health is collaborating with stakeholders to fast-track establishment of indigenous vaccine manufacturing capacity. This is a goal we are pursuing with dedication."

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