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Uganda to destroy over 400,000 doses of expired COVID-19 vaccines

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A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during mass vaccination in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 16, 2021. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)

Uganda is set to destroy 400,000 doses of Moderna and a few doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after they expired before being administered, a senior official said Friday.

KAMPALA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Uganda is set to destroy more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines after they expired before being administered, a senior official said Friday.

Sheila Nduhukire, spokesperson of the National Medical Store, a state-run agency, told Xinhua by telephone that the 400,000 doses of Moderna and 279 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines had already been dispatched to the field.

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A man receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during mass vaccination in Kampala, Uganda, on Oct. 16, 2021. (Xinhua/Hajarah Nalwadda)

Ministry of Health figures show that as of Jan. 12, 12.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered since the exercise started in March last year.

The country is also urging people aged 50 years and above and those with underling conditions to go for a booster dose.

Results of COVID-19 tests done on Jan. 12 confirmed 523 new cases, bringing the country's total caseload to 157,160. 

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