Three arrested over dumping of Covid vaccines in Egypt
October 11, 2021 ELSA ABRAHAM OTHER AFRICAN STORIES
Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the arrest of three people following the dumping of thousands of unused doses of a coronavirus vaccine near the city of Minya, 200km (125 miles) south of Cairo.
Images posted on social media last week showed piles of white boxes strewn along the banks of a waterway.
The authorities say nearly 20,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, with a value of more than $300,000 (£220,000), had been allocated to the Minya health directorate but had gone to waste after being stored at the wrong temperature.
Only about 11% of the Egyptian population has received a first Covid-19 jab, with about 6% being fully vaccinated.
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