If at the beginning of the vaccines against covid-19, countries were fighting for their purchase, now the situation has taken a negative turn. Countries face massive vaccine stocks that
they are about to expire, as fewer and fewer people opt for the vaccine. Countries acclaimed for seemingly successful vaccination campaigns, such as Israel, Canada, the United States – are vaccinating less and less, and millions of doses are almost expiring.
Israel could destroy about 1 million doses of Pfizer vaccine that expires at the end of the month if no other country is found to administer them, Times of London.
About 65% of the country’s population, which translates to 5.5 million people, has already received two doses of vaccine, and now the government is trying to convince those
younger people get vaccinated, but the plan doesn’t seem to work. Israel has tried to reach an agreement with various countries for the unadministered doses, which it will not donate, but will give up now and receive back when the country receives “fresh” vaccines, with a new expiration date. . In this way, Israel allows vaccine-deficient countries to vaccinate their citizens immediately, but never donates anything to anyone, according to the publication Protagon.
These doses were expected to be distributed in Palestine, but two weeks ago the country canceled the agreement with Israel,
emphasizing that he refuses to accept expiring sera.
“After inspection by the technical teams of the Ministry of Health of the first batch of Pfizer vaccines that we received this evening from Israel, it was found that they do not meet the characteristics provided in the agreement,” said the Palestinian government spokesman. , Ibrahim Melhem.
Israel has also tried to resolve the issue through an exchange with Britain. There are over 1 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech that will expire at the end of the month. Israel has already begun negotiations for an exchange
of vaccines with the United Kingdom.
The proposal is for the British to now take the doses that are close to expiration and exchange 1 million vaccines for deliveries scheduled for September.
Negotiations failed, as did Israel’s request to Pfizer to extend the validity of the serum.
Vaccines also expire in Romania and Bulgaria
Since the demand for
the coronavirus vaccine is declining considerably in Romania and Bulgaria, a significant number of doses remain in refrigerators, and officials are being asked to distribute them quickly before they expire, he writes. Bloomberg. The alternative would be to destroy them, which, at this stage, would be at least immoral, as many poor countries face severe shortages.
Vaccine reluctance in both countries is due to long-standing distrust of the authorities, as well as skepticism about certain sera, especially after concerns about the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In Romania, only 24% of the population has been completely vaccinated. And the similar percentage of Bulgaria is half that of Romania, ie about 12%.
The situation in Romania regarding the expiring doses is more pressing, because 35,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine already expired on Wednesday. Bulgaria has about 20,000 doses with an expiration date at the end of July, but hopes to use more doses to administer the booster before that date.
At the same time, both countries want to delay new deliveries to avoid overloading. In the case of Romania, deliveries of 4.4 million doses from various companies have been scheduled for the next two months.
Low vaccination rates pose a risk to the European Union’s efforts to overcome the pandemic. The bloc is already facing the threat of the Delta mutation, which is spreading from the UK as public health restrictions relax and people go on summer holidays.
“Recent sales or donations will not affect the availability of the vaccine for our citizens,” Andrei Baciu, secretary of state at the Romanian Ministry of Health, told Bloomberg. “But we need to find a balance for vaccine flows so that we can maximize the benefits for everyone,” he added.
With declining demand in Bulgaria, the government plans to provide 150,000 doses, mainly of AstraZeneca, to neighboring Balkan countries. In turn, companies in the country’s tourism industry have made the proposal to offer vaccines free of charge to visitors from abroad.
“As Bulgaria and we have all paid these doses through our taxes, we propose that they be used to stimulate vaccine tourism instead of throwing them in the recycling bin,” said Polina Karastoyanova, executive director of the National Tourism Council.
In an effort to save the vaccination campaign, Romania is trying to vaccinate citizens living in rural areas and is now relying on rural doctors who have close ties to local communities to convince people of the benefits of vaccines. But he has to fight a difficult battle, without expecting high hopes that his initiatives will yield quick results. Therefore, Romania reached an agreement this week to sell about 1.2 million doses of Pfizer to Denmark.
“We receive requests every day. We are selling to Denmark and soon we will sell vaccines to other countries as well “, declared the Prime Minister Florin Cîţu.
What solution does the WHO have for this surplus of vaccines
The WHO’s vision is that the vaccine should be distributed fairly to all people on the planet, regardless of location or nationality.
This is being tried through the COVAX program, but which has already exhausted the 89 million doses so far. Even so, WHO experts advise Western governments not to dispose of expired sera, in the hope that they can still be used in the future.
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