Validity of more than 100 million vaccine doses expires

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The validity of more than 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses worldwide will expire at the end of the year. If they are not redistributed quickly, the vaccine will go to waste, data analytics firm Airfinity warned today.

More than 40 percent of those vaccine doses are in the EU, it said. Considering that most recipient countries need at least two months of shelf life from importation to conduct vaccination campaigns, 241 million vaccine doses are at risk of expiring unused.

If those doses were distributed promptly, that, along with the doses already purchased and made available, would be enough to vaccinate 70 percent of people in low- and middle-income countries against coronavirus, Airfinity said. The U.K.-based institute is evaluating corporate and scientific data, among other sources.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva has been pushing for a fairer distribution of vaccines for months. The longer the virus circulates in countries with low vaccination rates, the greater the risk of new variants against which the vaccines are less effective or not effective, it said.

— source: orf.at/picture:pixabay.com

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