Authorities in Nigeria said they have destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines on Wednesday in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation.
“We have successfully withdrawn 1,066,214 doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines. We have kept our promise to be transparent to Nigerians. The destruction today is an opportunity for Nigerians to have faith in our vaccination programme,” said Faisal Shuaib, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency executive director.
The destruction came more than a week after health authorities said some COVID-19 doses donated by rich Western nations had a shelf life that left only weeks to administer the shots.
The government said in the statement that it “now politely declines all vaccine donations with short shelf life or those that cannot be delivered in time”.