The Democratic Republic of Congo is set to return some 1.3 million AstraZeneca jabs it received for redistribution to other African nations.
The vaccines out of the received 1.7 million will be given to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), according to DRC.
Unicef regional advisor for Health Systems Strengthening in West and Central Africa, Susie Villeneuve noted the move is to ensure consumption of the vaccines before the June 24 expiry date.
“The DRC has not issued a vaccination plan to support a campaign of this scale and has an insufficient number of vaccination sites, which will hinder access to this vaccine,” she said.
Operations against Covid-19 have been on the downward trajectory since the commissioning of a campaign on April 19.
In seven days, only 1,700 people had received dose one of the vaccine, the Ministry of Health said.
The AstraZeneca vaccines were received into the DRC two months ago. However, a fear of side effects occasioned the delay of the vaccination plan launch.