Nov 29, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Covid vaccines at risk of expiry due to low uptake

Coronavirus vaccines have been touted as a biomedical triumph. They were safe, effective and free, and dramatically reduced serious illness and death, one of the greatest biomedical achievements of all time.

Using a mathematical model, a study published in the Lancet on June 23 shows that the 19 .8 million lives saved in the first year of vaccination, starting December 8, 2020, across 185 countries and territories surveyed.

This is based on a broad definition of pandemic disease, estimated death toll and number to avert a staggering 63 percent of all deaths — in other words, reduce the loss by more than half.

If the World Health Organization (WHO) global target of 40 percent immunization coverage of all populations is met by the end of 2021 would have prevented nearly 600,000 additional deaths, the study says.

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Vaccination has been the cornerstone of current strategies to contain the Covid-19 pandemic h reduced transmission, disease and death.

But the vaccines’ success has been dampened by the refusal of millions to accept the vaccine, largely due to the spread of misinformation, which has ultimately led to hesitation.

According to a number of studies, the Uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among eligible populations has slowed due to hesitation and apathy, although supply is no longer the issue.

Getting vaccinated

Currently everyone is over 15 years old eligible to receive an approved vaccine, with Pfizer reserved for teenagers.

The downward trend in vaccination in recent months has led to fears that thousands of doses could be wasted.

As a result, countries and even vaccine manufacturers were constrained plans to destroy hundreds of thousands of expired and unused Covid-19 vaccine doses.

In Europe, Switzerland is among the first countries to announce plans to destroy hundreds of thousands of vaccines that have reached their expiry date .

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In May 2022 Stéphane Bancel , Chief Executive Officer of Moderna, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that the company is about to throw away 30 million cans due to lack of demand.

“We have a big demand problem.”

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In Kenya, Dr. Willis Akhwale, chairman of the national Covid-19 vaccine task force, said the country has until October to use up its stash of nearly 3.5 million doses before vaccines expire.

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Daily Vaccination

With the current rate of vaccination being around 5,500 people per day, the country will need to find alternative ways to motivate the public to take the doses before they expire.

In the On March 11, the Health Ministry was forced to destroy 840,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccine after its expiry date.

The latest coronavirus figures from the Health Ministry show that the country has so far administered 18,982,295 doses of vaccine, meeting its target to vaccinate 27 million adults and 5.8 million teenagers by the end of the year.

With fluctuating infection rates (positivity rate of 5.4%), fewer people are motivated to get the vaccine, even with a new version i.e he Omicron subvariant called BA.5 becomes dominant, according to the WHO.

The use of the vaccine was initially driven by fear of contracting the highly contagious Omicron variant and a government vaccination mandate, but interest has decreased significantly.

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