Egypt’s Public Prosecutor’s office said that authorities detained three people for allegedly ditching unused COVID-19 vaccines in a southern city water drain last week.
The suspects were a pharmacist, a driver, and a storage inspector who were all working under the country’s health ministry. The prosecution announced that they will be facing “gross negligence” and “misappropriation of public funds” cases.
The prosecution posted a statement in its social media account on Sunday, October 10 and said, “An investigative committee found a shortage of 18,400 vaccine doses in the Minya health directorate storage inventory worth 5,023,200 pounds ($319,000).”
The statement did not identify the type of vaccine that had been dumped down the drain, but found 13,412 doses that were unsuitable to use due to compromised conditions, and 4,988 went missing.
Photos of abandoned vaccines circulated social media last week. Online users clamored for accountability under the prosecution’s post as well.
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