The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has explained expired COVID-19 vaccines destroyed recently, were surplus vaccines from developed countries to Africa but got to Africa late.
In a recent interview on Arise News monitored by NewsBreak, Adeyeye said, developed countries were already getting vaccination before Africa and had to send their surplus vaccines to Africa when they discovered there was none here.
“When others were getting dose we didn’t get any here. When we started getting vaccines we ran out of the first batch of AstraZeneca. Unfortunately, most developed countries got enough vaccines and the remaining one they could spare was sent to Africa.
“But unfortunately, by that time they arrived, they were close to expiration. it wasn’t like we knowingly brought in the expired vaccine. and another thing is that whether the vaccine will expire anytime, once they arrive in Nigeria, we have to properly check and confirm them before rolling them out,” she said.