The Medical and Civil Rights Professional Association of Doctors (MCPA) called for an immediate investigation into health officials responsible for having overstocked coronavirus booster vaccines knowing that their shelf life would expire this month.
President of the MCPA Dr. Chamal Sanjeewa said on Friday (29) also called for the Health Ministry to obtain a certification from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the vaccines were safe to use after having extended their date of Expiry (DoE). The Covid Pfizer vaccine batches which were to expire by 31 July 2022 were extended to 31 October 2022.
He said that his outfit found it unacceptable to administer the booster doses from the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to the public sans such a certification. The DoE of these vaccines were scheduled for the end of July 2022.
However hurried measures were taken by the Health Ministry to extend their shelf life by another till the end of October after making hurried inquiries from the WHO. However, the safety of such a measure should be certified by obtaining a certification from the WHO. He lambasted the Health Ministry of having overstocked coronavirus vaccines without following the accepted procedures of carrying out a valuation. Instead large stocks of Pfizer were imported in a hurry, he accused.
The MCPA President accused the Health Ministry of knowingly spending USD 6.75 per vaccine paving the way overstocking. Currently 600,000 doses of the vaccine were purchased at a cost of over USD 6.75.
By Dilanthi Jayamanne