Due to limited uptake by people, over 100,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (PFE.N) are at risk of being destroyed before the end of the month, according to South African health officials.
“There’s a chance that slightly over 100,000 dosages that will expire by the end of March will have to be thrown away. If large quantities of dosages are to be discarded, it will be a sad day. We hope it does not get to that point “Joe Phaahla, the Minister of Health, spoke at an online press conference.
Although South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus illnesses and deaths on the African continent, inoculations have slowed and the government has abundant vaccine supplies of roughly 25 million doses.
He stated that the agency 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 thus far.
South Africa’s immunization effort, which uses Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) (J&J) and Pfizer vaccines, got off to a sluggish start owing to supply issues, but it has subsequently been hampered by skepticism.
The country updated its COVID-19 vaccination requirements last month in an attempt to encourage more individuals to get vaccinated.