AstraZeneca issues a warning as the Czech Republic destroys thousands of vaccines due to worries about vaccinations.
THOUSANDS of AstraZeneca vaccines are poised to be destroyed in the Czech Republic as demand for the Covid vaccine falls.
As their expiration date approaches, at least 45,000 vaccinations could be thrown away. The COVID-19 AstraZeneca shots are set to expire next month, according to officials in Prague, and the vaccine, which is exclusively offered to people over 60, is in low demand due to potential side effects. According to Czech radio station IROZHLAS, some 55,000 doses of the vaccine were exported to the Czech Republic, and they are all slated to expire by the end of October.
Nearly 10,000 vaccines are scheduled to be used as a second dosage, but the remaining batches appear to be destined for destruction unless demand increases again.
Only 36 people chose an AstraZeneca injection for their first dosage this September, according to data quoted in the paper, and only 776 people have received the vaccine so far.
The AstraZeneca vaccine received about 1,200 requests in July and August, which is a small percentage of the 860,000 patients who requested for their first dosage during that time.
However, according to Czech media, more than 14,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccination have been thrown away in the last month due to a lack of public interest.
Since July, the Czech health ministry has recommended that the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines be administered only to persons over 60. This has contributed to a significant drop in demand for AstraZeneca vaccines.
The action was taken in response to reports of potentially fatal blood clots in some younger patients who had received the AstraZeneca vaccination.
Despite the fact that the incidents are said to be extremely rare, numerous countries, like the Czech Republic, have limited or ceased using the vaccination.
Daniel Koppl, a spokesman for the Czech Ministry of Health, said the administration is skeptical that the overwhelming majority of leftover vaccines will be used before they expire next month.
While Prague recently donated over 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to other nations, the legal requirements required in that arrangement imply that there isn’t enough time to do so now.
This follows the World Health Organization’s announcement (WHO). “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”