Malawi's Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda presided over the incineration Wednesday at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, the capital.
"So, we just wanted to assure Malawians that indeed what we had said that we are going to destroy them, it is happening now", she said. "Historically under the expanded immunization program of Malawi no expired vaccine has ever been used".
"We think it's fine to use the 10 to 12 weeks, many countries like the United Kingdom are down to 8 weeks", Williams said.
"This has made it possible for Malawi to embark on the Covid vaccination campaign now underway", she said, without mentioning the WHO's pleas not to burn the vaccines.
"I'm hoping to hear from the government soon". They will have to do the same to get their second dose.
The vaccines had been donated through the African Union but had not been administered by their expiry date of 13 April. Eventually, he said, 2,500 pharmacies will be administering the vaccines.
However, manufacturing and supply problems meant vaccines dried up in late January and early February, forcing the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, to extend the interval between first and second dose to four months.
Moeti says Africa is also suffering from a severe shortage of money to pay for the operational costs of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. "While discarding vaccines is deeply regrettable in the context of any immunization program, World Health Organization recommends that these expired doses should be removed from the distribution chain and safely disposed".
Ontario Premier Doug Ford receives the AstraZeneca vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto on April 9, 2021.
The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in a statement said today that the vaccine injections would be given between June 7 and July 27 for the first dose at eight AstraZeneca Vaccine Administration Centres (PPVAZ).
"The bottom line is that during the pandemic, we've had supply issues with one or other of the vaccines and it's possible that will continue".
The destruction of the vaccines was witnessed by several top officials "in order to enhance transparency", health secretary Charles Mwansambo said.
A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Blantyre, Malawi.
"It is imperative that everyone continue to follow the guidance of Public Health and to get tested when needed", said Russell.
So far, Malaysia has received 828,000 doses of AZ vaccines from the expected 1,387,200 doses provided by the COVAX facility.
But updated figures from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick have added almost 300,000 people to that tally, pushing the number who have gotten their first jab past 19 million.
The U.S.is sitting on more than 100 million doses of J&J's vaccine pending further inquiries into the plant's processes.
New Brunswick reported 15 new cases of COVID-19, including three outside the province.
On Tuesday, Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and leader of the clinical trials for the AstraZeneca jab, said giving coronavirus jabs to young and healthy people in wealthy countries while developing countries struggle is "morally wrong".