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More than half of Canada’s AstraZeneca vaccine doses expired, will be thrown out

Government will discard 13.6 million expired doses because of limited demand for the vaccine

Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a medical center in Champigny, near Paris, France. The Canadian government said Tuesday that it will dispose of millions of expired doses of the vaccine.

Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a medical center in Champigny, near Paris, France. The Canadian government said Tuesday that it will dispose of millions of expired doses of the vaccine.

Photo: (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

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Canada is about to toss more than half of its doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because it couldn't find any takers for it, either in or outside of Canada.

A statement from Health Canada says 13.6 million doses of the vaccine expired in the spring and will be thrown out.

A year ago, Canada said it would donate almost 18 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to lower-income countries.

As of June 22, almost nine million doses had been delivered to 21 different nations.

But Health Canada says there is limited demand for the AstraZeneca vaccine and it hasn't been able to find more takers for the doses available.

Canada also has donated 6.1 million doses of Moderna's vaccine out of 10 million doses promised for donation, but has thrown out another 1.2 million doses of that vaccine.

With information from The Canadian Press.

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