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AstraZeneca vaccine stuck in South Sudan’s store

Country risks losing thousands of doses amid looming expiry date.

AstraZeneca vaccine stuck in South Sudan's store

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine stuck in stores in South SudanThe AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine is still in medical stores in South Sudan, a week after its arrival in the country. 

South Sudan received the first batch of its 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility last Thursday and another 60,000 doses were donated by the African Union (AU) through African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday last week. A total of 192,000 doses of covid-19 vaccine are in the country. 

However, the launch of the vaccination campaign is delayed. Doctors at Juba Teaching Hospital who talked to Juba Echo did not want to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media but said they were told that the vaccination would begin soon however, they were not aware when the exercise will start.

South Sudan’s presidency and senior government officials were set to receive the first jabs of the covid-19 vaccine on Monday this week, but that didn’t happen.

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