Minister says Nigeria needs to procure freezers to store some coronavirus vaccines

Minister says Nigeria needs to procure freezers to store some coronavirus vaccines

- Nigeria's minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that the country may not be able to get some of the new vaccines because of temperature

- Osagie revealed that it is important for the country to assess the available vaccines before anyone is adopted

- The minister also revealed the temperature nature in the country and how it may be bad for the preservation of some of them

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Nigeria’s minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that the country may be facing a big challenge if it goes for COVID-19 vaccines that must be stored in ultra-cod freezers.

Osagie said that the country does not have such a facility and Nigerian may have to raise funds to buy them to preserve the vaccines, Punch reports.

Vice-chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, Oyewale Tomori, earlier said that Nigeria may be facing what he called a “humongous problem” when storing the vaccines.

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The minister on Wednesday, December 16, made this know during his meeting with journalists shortly after the Federal Executive Council that was headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigeria needs to procure freezers to store coronavirus vaccines
Nigeria's minister explains what the country would need to preserve new vaccines. Photo source: Punch
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He went further that it is important to know what vaccines to adopt because of the different temperatures that are required for preservation.

He partly said:

“We signed up for advanced market participation in COVAX. So, if we will be able to get our own, I think it will be in January.
“But there are two types of vaccines. There are those that have to be in ultra-deep freezers - the MRA type of vaccines. That is, the freezer that must give you -80 percent type of degree.”

The minister further revealed that the federal government is working on the logistics of the vaccines to eventually go for.

He spoke on the need for that as the country’s population is in millions. Enahire added that country’s epileptic power supply and the cold nature in the country will not support some vaccines.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the government of the United States of America has recognised the efforts of Onyema Ogbuagbu, a Nigerian doctor in Yale School of Medicine who helped to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

It should be noted that the Nigerian is also an associate professor of medicine at the same school where he has been a principal investigator on numerous vaccine trials.

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