On Wednesday, Nigerian authorities destroyed over 1 million expired does of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab.
Western nations reportedly donated the experimental injections a few months before their expiration date.
Due to the lack of uptake and short shelf-life, Nigeria had to dump the injections in the landfill.
Nigeria destroys 1 million vaccine doses due to expiration dates. A top health official accused wealthy nations of hoarding vaccines, then waiting too late to donate them. https://t.co/q0g2AMCycN
— AP Africa (@AP_Africa) December 22, 2021
Nigeria destroys more than 1 million expired COVID vaccines. They were donated and delivered by rich Western nations with a shelf life of weeks to administer the jabs. They were not administered https://t.co/J5soXT2SGC
— Alfons López Tena 🦇 (@alfonslopeztena) December 22, 2021
"Nigeria has destroyed more than a million doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccines in a bid to assure a wary public that they have been taken out of circulation."
When I talked to ppl in Togo this seemed a main driver of hesitancy there & W. Africa broadlyhttps://t.co/FOwARlTsvP
— Fadel Allassan (@FadelAllassan) December 22, 2021
AP News reported:
Faisal Shuaib, head of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said health officials in Africa’s most populous country were left with little choice after receiving the donated doses that didn’t have much shelf life left.
“We had developed countries that procured these vaccines and hoarded them,” he said. “At the point they were about to expire, they offered them for donation.”
Last week Shuaib had announced that Nigeria would no longer accept such donations, though he did not specify publicly what officials considered too short a shelf life.
Only 2% of Nigeria’s 206 million people are fully vaccinated, and health officials have set an ambitious goal of vaccinating more than a quarter of the population by February. While hesitancy has been high, the country’s vaccination rate has nearly doubled over the past week.
With the presence of the omicron variant, Nigerian health officials want to rapidly increase the nation’s COVID-19 inoculation campaign.
Despite the population’s high hesitancy, the rhetoric from the Nigerian government sounds similar to western nations exhibiting moronic hysteria.
Nigeria has been seeing a spike in confirmed infections since it detected the highly-infectious omicron variant in late November, recording a 500% increase in cases over the past two weeks, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
The 2,123 new COVID-19 infections it confirmed on Tuesday was the highest daily tally since last January and the second highest since the pandemic began.
“If we are going to overcome this COVID-19 pandemic, we have to do better job of ensuring better supply of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Shuaib. “No country will be able to eradicate COVID-19 … until all countries are able to eradicate it.”
If the Nigerian government doesn’t want to waste another million doses, they should listen to the voices of their citizens.
On second thought, all the COVID-19 jabs belong in the trash.
Let’s hope the Nigerian government has more expired doses to throw away due to widespread hesitancy.
Watch the footage and message from Nigerian health officials below: