Observatorio advierte de «relajamiento» ante el COVID-19 en Nicaragua. FOTO: Artículo 66 / EFE

Nicaragua “immunizes” against COVID-19 with expired vaccines

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) is applying expired COVID-19 vaccines, health sources revealed to the media Confidential, according to a post on its website. The expired biologics are two batches, one of the Russian Sputnik Light serum and one of the American Pfizer injection.

The one from Sputnik Light corresponds to the number 140721 and the Pfizer to the code ACB3999. The medical source indicated that the batches of the vaccines expired on January 1 and February 2 of this year, respectively. The Minsa maintains an intense day of immunization throughout the country applying the expired batches.

Related news: Minsa reports more vaccinated against Covid than those registered by PAHO

“The total amount of vaccines that are expired is unknown, however, sources state that “it is a large batch”. According to a monitoring of the vaccines available in the country, the Minsa has received 3.6 million doses of Sputnik Light and 1.1 million from Pfizer donated by the United States (26.9%) and France (73%), “says the journalistic office.

Countries in the Central American region have decided to lose the vaccines when they expire, they have not applied them to their citizens. Guatemala lost more than 5 million doses, Panama 100 doses from Pfizer and Honduras more than 200 thousand biologicals.

The data of the Ministry

Vaccination against COVID-19 in the country would reach 90% of the population (73% with a complete scheme and 16.97% with one dose), according to the health authorities, but these figures are different from those disclosed by the Pan American Organization of the Health (PAHO) on its website.

At the end of April of this year, PAHO detailed that in Nicaragua a total of 10 million 3 thousand 541 doses have been applied between first and second doses against COVID-19.

Of that total of vaccines, 5 million 604 thousand 596 Nicaraguans have been immunized with the first dose and of those more than 5 million have received a second dose to 4 million 398 thousand 345 of the population two years of age and older, the age to apply biological ones.

Nicaragua accumulates more than 230 deaths from the coronavirus and 18,695 confirmed cases from March 2020 to May 3, 2022 when the virus was detected in the country, according to official figures released this week by the Minsa in its customary weekly report.

Last March, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) denounced that “it has not been able to carry out an exhaustive assessment of the pandemic” in Nicaragua because the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has not provided the necessary information to said organization.

The COVID-19 Citizen Observatory, a network of independent doctors that monitors the pandemic, reports 5,994 deaths from pneumonia and other symptoms related to the coronavirus, as well as 32,174 suspected cases of contagion.

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