Federal Government confirms some expired COVID-19 vaccines.

Written by on December 10, 2021

The Federal Government has confirmed that within the last month, some COVID-19 vaccines expired in the country.

However, according to the government, the vaccines are said to have been withdrawn and will be destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

In a statement on Wednesday the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, noted that donation of surplus Covid-19 vaccines with short/expiring shelf lives has been of great concern internationally.

Ehanire, however, assured that the government has been handling the situation effectively, upholding the greatest standards for the safety of all Nigerians.

This assurance comes a few hours after reports suggested that up to one million COVID-19 vaccines expired in Nigeria last month without being used.

Reacting further to the emerging reports, the Ministry of Health noted that Nigeria has, of late enjoyed the generosity of several, mainly European countries, who have offered doses of Covid-19 vaccines out of their stockpiles, free of charge, through COVAX or AVAT facility.

Seun Fakorede

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