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UNITED KINGDOM TO DISCARD 800,000 DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Up to 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination may have expired at the end of August in the UK and now would be discarded.

Doses were planned for use in the UK rollout, according to The Telegraph, as reported by Yahoo News, but after the government suggested in May that younger people obtain an alternate vaccination due to the blood clot risk associated with the AstraZeneca jab, take-up fell considerably.

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GPs have been raising worries about remaining dosages for some time, according to The Telegraph, with one even writing to his MP in an attempt to repurpose the vaccines after exhausted all possibilities.

Several people stated they were appalled to see vaccines expire in their refrigerators while millions of people around the world were suffering.

“I shouted to everyone I could think of,” one doctor from the South West of England, who requested anonymity, said. “I was furious because no one [in other nations] could get a hold of it.” It was an extremely difficult situation.”

According to new information released on Wednesday by the Welsh government, there were 40,000 expired AstraZeneca dosages that were “not appropriate for use” in Wales as of September 5. Wales has the lowest rate of wastage in the UK and also releases the most thorough data. They’re getting disposed of now.

The Covid-19 vaccine program has been extraordinarily efficient in the UK, with significantly lower wastage rates than for other drugs, but the issue of AstraZeneca vaccines that are about to expire has been on the cards for several months. In the fridge, the jabs have a six-month shelf life.

NHS staff from all over the world have been trying to gather leftovers for redistribution in the UK, and some doses have been re-allocated to other vaccination centers. However, due to collection delays, they did not reach all of the vaccination hubs on time.

Any doses that were gathered centrally but not redistributed will be destroyed as well, as they have passed their expiration date.

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