Malawi govt to destroy 19, 610 doses of expired Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday

The Malawi Government has disclosed that it will destroy 19, 610 doses of expired coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines next Wednesday.

These are part of the 102,000 doses, which Malawi received from the African Union (AU) on March 26, 2021.

Dr Charles Mwansambo: Covid-19 vaccines are to be publicly destroyed

Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr. Charles Mwansambo, said in a statement released on Friday that the vaccines had a short shelf life and expired on April 13, 2021.

He stated that the incineration of these expired vaccines will be done at the Kamuzu Central Hospital incinerator from 10am, adding that the destruction of the doses will be in line with the laid down protocols by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority, specifically on the disposal of medicines and biologicals.

“The expired vaccines will be disposed of publicly through incineration in the presence of members of the disposal committee. The Auditor General’s Office, Treasury, and the Anti-Corruption Bureau will also be present along with other relevant stakeholders in order to enhance transparency,” he said.

The PS further announced that the government has adequate stocks of Covid-19 vaccines in both the government and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) facilities.

Mwansambo encouraged Malawians aged 18 years and above to get vaccinated.

“The second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered from 3rd June, 2021. Remember the Covid-19 vaccine helps to reduce the risk of developing severe disease, risk of hospitalization and death due to Covid-19,” he said.

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Ibrahim waka
25 days ago

Western countries don’t allow expired goods on shelves so why is Malawi an exception.

29 days ago

The Government received vaccine but ended up expiring because people do not want to the the vaccine. If you knew people are not taking the vaccine why dint you ask the African Unikn to donate them to other countries where pthere citizens would have used them? You did not receive expired vaccine, rather they expired in your shelf

30 days ago

So these guys they want to waste tax payers money in the name of transparency and accountability in distroying the vaccines only?? You must be joking, why can’t they do it online or some has to record the video and share to their fellows.

Team Malwi
Team Malwi
1 month ago

Just do it! 😀

Amuna Kudambo
Amuna Kudambo
1 month ago

Cry my beloved country, Malawi! I doubt if people will again contribute generously if the third wave comes in and people start dying again. Sorry, as Malawians we have become like chickens which quickly forget when an eagle has taken one of the chicks.

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