Unicef : More than 100 million Covid-19 vaccines rejected by poorer nations in December

The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, she said. — Reuters pic
The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, she said. — Reuters pic

BRUSSELS, Jan 13 — Poorer nations last month rejected more than 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the global programme Covax, mainly due to their rapid expiry date, a Unicef official said today.

“More than a 100 million have been rejected just in December alone,” Etleva Kadilli, director of Supply Division at UN agency Unicef told lawmakers at the European Parliament.

The main reason for rejection was the delivery of doses with a short shelf-life, she said.

Poorer nations have also been forced to delay supplies because they have insufficient storage facilities, Kadilli said, including a lack of fridges for vaccines. — Reuters