More than 17,000 doses of expired AstraZeneca vaccine were burned in Malawi on Wednesday.
The vaccines which expired on April 13 were batch of 102,000 vaccines that arrived the country on March 26, under an initiative by the African Union and World Health Organisation(WHO).
The Southern African country has also received 300,000 doses under the Covax vaccine sharing facility and 50,000 from India.
To prevent wastage, John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told a news conference late last month that the shots could be used until July 13, based on a further analysis conducted by the Serum Institute of India (SII); the manufacturers, while also urging other African countries not to waste vaccines donated to them.
Malawian authorities however insisted on not giving its citizens expired vaccines.
According to Health Minister, Kumbize Kandodo, the propaganda against the AstraZeneca vaccine and the no success rate led to the expiring of the vaccines.
As at May 18, Malawi has administered 335,232 vaccine doses, the ministry of health disclosed.