NPHCDA: One million expired AstraZeneca vaccines set to be destroyed

NPHCDA: One million expired AstraZeneca vaccines set to be destroyed

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has disclosed that Nigeria is set to destroy one million AstraZeneca vaccines in line with environmental protocols.

This was revealed on Monday, December 13. by the NPHCDA Executive Director, Faisal Shuaib at a briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee insisted that no expired vaccine has been utilized in the country.

The NPHCDA boss also stated at the briefing that 7.89m eligible persons have received the first dose while 3.9m have received the full dose.

He further revealed that only 496 Nigerians have received the booster dose.

Faisal maintained that the virus is still thriving particularly during these latter months, but he assured that the PSC is working to disseminate the vaccines to as many communities as possible.

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He reiterated that Nigeria will 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 come 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However, according to the government, the vaccines are said to have been withdrawn; and will be destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).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, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, noted that the donation of surplus Covid-19 vaccines; with short/expiring shelf lives has been of great concern internationally.

Meanwhile, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has debunked the public perception of the 9th National Assembly as a rubber stamp of the executive.

Lawan said this at the Distinguished Parliamentarians Lecture in Abuja on Monday, December 13.

He spoke at a lecture he tagged, “The Legislature, Legislative Mandate and The People- The Reality and The Public Perception;” organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).

According to him, Nigeria has three arms of government that are constitutionally equal; but the people are heavily represented in the legislature than the other arms.

Lawan said that for the peace and development of the nation, the three arms of government must work together; as the failure and success of one arm of government will be attributed to all.

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