Kuni .G. Isaac
Canada destroys 13 million and 600 thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, due to lack of buyers in and out of the country.
In 2020, Canada signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to obtain 20 million doses of the vaccine. Two million and 300,000 Canadians received at least one dose of this type of vaccine, mostly from March to June 2021.
Following concerns in the spring of 2021 about rare cases of potentially fatal blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine, Canada focused on using abundant supplies of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.
In July 2021, Canada pledged to donate the rest of its purchased supplies, about 17.7 million doses. But the Canadian Ministry of Health announced in a statement published on Tuesday that despite efforts to fulfill this commitment, the date of use of 13,600,000 doses has expired and must be destroyed.
“Due to limited demand for the vaccine and challenges in the recipient country regarding distribution and uptake, these vaccines were not accepted,” the statement said.
About 85% of Canadians are considered fully vaccinated. This is despite the fact that 61% of the world’s population and 61% of people living in the world’s poorest countries have been fully vaccinated.