Patients in Moscow have been vaccinated with an expired Russian coronavirus vaccine, Russian-style service of the Moscow Times reportedQuote sources and witnesses.
Epidemiologists say expired vaccines aren’t dangerous, but they don’t work against Covid-19.
Russia currently has about 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine that are overdue and worth more than 23 billion rubles ($ 398 million). Russian-style service of the Moscow Times.
The Ministry of Health has previously ordered to extend the shelf life of the vaccine and approve the use of these doses, but has not officially commented on the report.
In late May, political activist Elvira Vikhareva said she had been injected with an expired vaccine at Polyclinic No. 218 in Moscow.
“First they gave me a shot, then when I asked, they showed me a vial. I was in a medical experiment,” she said.
The Moscow Times reporter Dmitry Gladyshev was also offered a dose of Russian domestic Sputnik Vaccine that expired in April at the GUM Shopping Arcade in Moscow.
When Gladyshev pointed out the expiration date of the vial, he was told that the staff had obtained “paper” to approve its use. Reporters were also shown a document approved by the Moscow Ministry of Health, extending the shelf life of expired frozen vaccines from 6 months to 9 months and the shelf life of liquid vaccines from 2 months to 6 months. Healthcare professionals also said that vaccines that expired in January, February, March, and April should continue to be used with priority.
The nurse also told Gladyshev that the expired dose was harmless and the vaccine was delivered frozen. “We thaw a new pack of vaccine every day and use it all day long. Dispose of unused thawed ones,” she told Glady Chef. “In July, we will use a batch of vaccines that expired in May,” she said.
Medical staff at the GUM Clinic claimed that if Gladyshev delayed the jab, he would be inoculated “in last year’s batch.” They also emphasized that the Ministry of Health conducted studies proving that expired vaccines were safe, but refused to provide supporting documents.
The Moscow Times later sent a formal request to the Ministry of Health for details of the investigation, but no response was obtained.
Epidemiologists interviewed by the Moscow Times said expired vaccinations would be useless and would not provide protection against the coronavirus.
“There is no evidence that shelf life studies are being conducted,” epidemiologist Vasily Vlasoftourd told The Moscow Times. The expiration dates of the vials may have been printed without much research to back them up. “
Epidemiologist Timur Pestelev also believes that expired vaccines do not cause serious harm, but they may not be effective. “Sputnik is a vector vaccine and has a much shorter shelf life than other types of vaccines,” he told the Moscow Times.
“Sputnik is not poisonous when it expires, but it may not work. In fact, if an expired vaccine is given, no other case is possible. Vaccine There are epidemiological rules for the manufacture of the vaccines, and the expiration dates are as follows: they were stamped for a reason, “said Pestelev.
Russian private clinics, on the other hand, ignore the Ministry of Health’s advice and use “fresh” doses of Sputnik, with an average visit cost of 4,000-10,000 rubles ($ 70-172).
The private Medicinna Clinic in Moscow charges 9,500 rubles ($ 164) for vaccination. The price includes mandatory PCR tests, a brief medical examination and the vaccination itself.
“The Sputnik Vaccine itself is free. Discard it as soon as the vaccine expires. Get new supplies on a regular basis,” the clinic told the Moscow Times.
Medsi, Russia’s largest private clinic chain, said it would also dispose of expired vaccines.
“Currently, few people want a vaccine and it’s in low demand, so we’re going to dispose of it in large quantities. I know that the Ministry of Health’s legislation extends shelf life, but I buy a new vaccine. “I don’t want to take the risk.”
The coronavirus pandemic has subsided from its peak, but some threats remain. Currently, about 3,500 new Covid-19 cases are reported daily in Russia, of which about 1,800 are hospitalized in severe condition. Coronavirus deaths declined in the spring of 2022, but about 100 people die from the disease every day in Russia.
Ilya Shumanov, director of Transparency International-R, said the use of expired vaccines, which cost tens of billions of rubles from the state budget, could lead to proceedings.
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