JUBA – Over 59,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the African Union through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and MTN Group on March 29 to the government of South Sudan have expired, according to a senior health official.
The vaccines were donated last month by the African Union (AU) to the government of South Sudan last month to curtail the dreaded virus.
George Azania Legge, Extended Program on Immunization (EPI) Manager at the Ministry of Health, said the vaccines have reached their expiration date and will be destroyed.
“Yes, the vaccines are expired. They expired on 13 April,” Azania told Sudans Post this afternoon in an interview.
Legge said the vaccines which expired on 13 April were not used.
“If the vaccines expire, how can they be used? The vaccine that has expired was no on use,” he said.
COVID-19 vaccinations started in South Sudan on 6 March with frontline health workers getting the first jabs after it received its first 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 25 from the COVAX facility – meant to ensure equitable global access to vaccines – and Over 59,000 doses from the African Union, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and MTN Group on March 29.