Corona in East Africa: Over 800,000 AstraZeneca Corona vaccine doses have expired in Kenya. According to the Ministry of Health, there are several reasons for this.
As is well known, the corona vaccination rate in African countries is not particularly high. This also applies to Kenya. It is all the more annoying when the expiry date of over 800,000 corona vaccine doses has now expired. According to the Ministry of Health, there are several reasons for this. On the one hand, there is still a high level of vaccination skepticism among the population in Kenya, especially in the more rural regions. This ranges from rumors to targeted false information. However, the short shelf life of the vaccines also poses a problem, as in the case of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses supplied. These didn’t even keep for two months and as it turns out now, the Kenyan Ministry of Health didn’t manage to vaccinate the vaccine before the shelf life expired.
Finally, the declining number of cases in Kenya is also held responsible for the declining willingness to vaccinate. At the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Health reported almost 300,000 vaccine doses that were vaccinated daily. However, this number has now fallen significantly to less than 50,000 per day. In relation to Kenya’s population of 50 million people, this is a staggeringly low number.