Nigeria destroys vaccines – level 2
Nigeria destroyed a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines because they were too old.
Many African countries could not get enough vaccines because rich countries bought them. Later, some countries donated vaccines which they did not need, but these vaccines had a very short shelf life. A short shelf life means that there was only a little time to use them.
A million doses stayed in boxes, and nobody used them. People were afraid that they were dangerous, and they did not want them. Last month, Nigerian officials showed a video of how workers destroyed these vaccines. It was important for people to see that they would not get old vaccines.
With 200 million people, Nigeria has the most people in Africa. So far, health officials administered around 13 million doses.
Difficult words: dose (an amount of a medicine), donate (to give money or things to someone who needs it), administer (to give someone a medicine).
You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.
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