| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

South Africa may destroy 100,000 COVID-19 jabs by end-March due to slow uptake

South African health officials stated on Friday that almost 100,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are at risk of being destroyed before the end of the month due to low adoption by citizens.

South Africa has had the highest number of coronavirus illnesses and deaths on the African continent, but inoculations have decreased and the country has sufficient vaccine supplies of roughly 25 million doses.

“There’s a chance that some 100,000 dosages that will expire by the end of March will have to be dumped.” If large quantities of doses to be discarded, it will be a sad day. “We hope it doesn’t get to that point,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla said in an online press conference.

He stated that the department was attempting to increase inoculations in order to avoid wasting vaccine doses. Around 43 percent of South Africa’s 40 million adults have been properly vaccinated so far.

South Africa’s vaccination effort, which uses Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer vaccines, got off to a sluggish start due to supply issues, but it has subsequently been plagued by skepticism. The country’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements were amended last month in an effort to encourage more people to obtain vaccines.

  • Reuters