South Sudan authorities have announced that they have closed down all the Covid-19 vaccination centers in the country after running out of the jabs.
According to a director-general of the Sudan health ministry, Dr John Rumunu Pasquale, they have deployed successfully 95% of the 60,000 doses that remained with them with a wastage of about 4% which is within acceptable range before closing all centres.
They had earlier received 132,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the Covax facility, but had to donate 72,000 doses to neighboring Kenya over concerns that the jabs would expire before use.
South Sudan had a slow rollout of the vaccination program and the ministry says the doses that remained have been used to vaccinate more than 50,000 people with the first dose and 4,000 of them with a second dose.
About 9,000 healthcare workers have also been vaccinated.
The DG disclosed that three types of Covid-19 variants of concern are currently circulating in South Sudan and they are the Alpha, Delta and Beta variants.