Kenya seeks alternatives to AstraZeneca COVID vaccine after delays

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The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), in a separate statement, said it expected another shipment of 559,200 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from COVAX at the end of this month. The batch expired on April 13, however, just 18 days after its arrival.

"The doses of AstraZeneca received are guaranteed quality, safe and effective through compliance with the "lot release" requirements", the CITF said.

"We are destroying (these vaccines) because as government policy no expired health commodities are to be used", she said.

"She then threw the shots, which were wrapped in red plastic bags, into an incinerator, causing a cloud of dark smoke to billow from its chimney", Reuters reported.

In the next few weeks, Khairy said that priority will be given to senior citizens as they are at high risk of developing severe disease or dying from Covid-19, with a mobile unit approach for vaccination of the elderly.

"With the threat of new variants, it's never been more important to get the vaccine", he added.

Some 268,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were shipped to Malaysia in April.

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Walensky said if you develop coronavirus symptoms, you should put your mask back on and get tested right away. "But any other time, if you're vaccinated and you're outside, put aside your mask", Fauci said .

He told the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus: "When you look at the overall aim of a vaccination programme - it's to stop people dying - it's the over 50s, the healthcare workers and those with a pre-existing health condition. If it is the truth, why are we being given the same vaccines?" another Lilongwe shopkeeper, Mphatso Chipenda, asked the BBC.

More than 50 per cent of Canadians have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Reflecting on a year in which his company has come under sustained criticism over missteps on the vaccine, but cemented its position as one of the most successful global pharma companies with a portfolio of blockbuster cancer drugs, Soriot said: "The good thing about getting old is that you have scars like an old soldier's. AstraZeneca is in talks with governments...about new contracts for booster doses".

New Brunswick reported 15 new cases and a second death related to the rare blood-clotting event from the AstraZeneca vaccine. What the province will be doing between now and the beginning of June, when most people due for a second shot will start hitting the 12-week mark, is looking at the data on mixing and matching vaccines.

A batch of 102 000 vaccines arrived on 26 March, under an initiative by the AU and World Health Organization, and they expired on 13 April, leaving less than three weeks for them to be used. "But we will look for the definitive information", Matshidiso Moeti, the W.H.O.'s Africa director, said at a news conference.

Soriot's admission of priority treatment for Britain differs from his previous statements, including in January when he said the divergence of supplies for the United Kingdom and European Union could be explained because London signed its contract with AstraZeneca three months before Brussels - even though it was later revealed that the United Kingdom contract is officially dated August 28, one day after the EU's contract.

He says North Dakota has excess vaccines it is willing to share but has not received permission to export them to Manitoba.

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