Health Authorities in Malawi have incinerated 19,610 expired doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, making it the first African country to publicly do so.
The World Health Organization initially urged countries not to destroy expired doses but has now changed its advice.
The country’s actions follow an advisory from the Africa Centers for Disease Control (Africa CDC) which confirmed that expired jabs were not effective.
Out of a population of about 18 million people, the country has recorded 34,232 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,153 deaths.
Malawi received 102,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine it acquired from the African Union on 26 March and used almost 80% of them.
The expired vaccines were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and had an expiry date of 13 April.