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More than 14 thousand AstraZeneca vaccines expired in october

More than 14 thousand AstraZeneca vaccines expired in october

DILI, 11 November 2021 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Health (MS) collected 14,180 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that does not apply for culling in December.

“We have 14,180 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine whose expiration date is October 31,” said the spokesperson for the Covid-19 Vaccination Commission, Danina Coelho, in Caicoli, Dili.

The official added that the country currently has 1,009 vials of Astrazeneca vaccine, equivalent to 10,090 doses, which have expired on the 9th of this month, noting that the weak 13,000, i.e. 130,000 doses will expire on the 30th of the following month.

“We continue to collect vaccines after the deadline and carry out vaccination campaigns in all cities. We hope that the vaccine that arrives at its destination is slightly damaged,” he said.

The Director of Autonomous Medicines and Medical Devices Services (SAMES), Santana Martins, also said that the director of the city health office would submit reports to MS, especially to the secretariat of the COVAX mechanism or to the Provision of Health Services on vaccines to be destroyed.

The municipal health service will provide a report to the COVAX secretariat to send the shipment to the directorate general of pharmacy for destruction,” he added.

According to Santana Martins, MS will cooperate with the Authority for Inspection and Supervision of Economic, Sanitary and Food Activity (AIFAESA), the Directorate of Customs and Security to destroy the vaccine.

“According to our schedule, this month SAMES will count expired drugs and vaccines in all warehouses to be destroyed at the end of the year,” he said.

Timor-Leste has received more than one million doses of the vaccine offered by the COVAX mechanism, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Japan, China, and the United States.

It is worth remembering that on April 7 the country started a vaccination campaign against COVID-19 at the Centro de Saúde Formosa, Dili.

The country currently reports 13 active cases, 19,809 confirmed cases, 122 deaths, and 19,674 recoveries since the virus emerged.

Journalist: Isaura Lemos de Deus

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora Freitas

Translation: Camilo de Sousa

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