Nigeria is set to destroy one million AstraZeneca vaccines in line with environmental protocols, says the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
Faisal, who disclosed this, while briefing the Presidential Steering Committee, insisted that no expired vaccine had been utilized in the country.
The NPHCDA boss also stated at the briefing that 7.89 million eligible persons have received the first dose while 3.9 million had received the full dose.
He further revealed that only 496 Nigerians have received the booster dose.
Faisal said that the virus was still thriving particularly during these latter months, but assured that the PSC was working to disseminate the vaccines to as many communities as possible.
He disclosed that Nigeria would no longer accept vaccines with a short shelf life as was tenable in the past, noting that so far, the PSC has administered over 10,000 doses of short-shelf life vaccines.
The NPHCDA boss’ comments came a few days after the Federal Government confirmed that within the last month, some COVID-19 vaccines expired in the country.
However, according to the government, the vaccines were said to have been withdrawn and would be destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
In a statement, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, noted that the donation of surplus Covid-19 vaccines with short/expiring shelf lives had been of great concern internationally.
Ehanire, however, assured that the government had been handling the situation effectively, upholding the greatest standards for the safety of all Nigerians.