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Nigerian immunisation programme accused of distributing expired vaccines

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.950-e (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:950
  1. Abiodun Raufu
  1. Lagos

    Nigeria's immunisation programme has run into a controversy as the country's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration began investigating allegations that an expired antityphoid vaccine, Vivotif Berna, was distributed and administered in some parts of the country.

    The vaccine, which was prepared in August 2002, carries an expiry date of 31 August 2003. But critics says that the vaccine stocks were kept too long in the stores of the National Programme on Immunisation before distribution began in the city of Jos and the surrounding area, in the centre of Nigeria, in late August 2003 and even up until the beginning …

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