The Buhari-led government has been advised to put certain things in place before purchasing COVID-19 vaccine
- Ex-senator Shehu Sani told the government to make sure there are storage facilities and emergency power supply
- The race to get a vaccine has been tasking, now there is another challenge of preservation as both that of Pfizer and Moderna need to stay frozen
A former federal lawmaker representing Kaduna state, Shehu Sani, has advised the Nigerian government to make provisions for storage facilitates before getting COVID-19 vaccines.
The ex-senator also called for the provision of emergency power supply which was one of the things necessary for the preservation of the vaccines.
He noted that the fridge needed for the preservation of the vaccines was not the normal one around.
Sani, in a message on his Twitter page, on Monday, December 28, wrote:
"To the FG: Before you Credit N400 Billion to #COVID19 vaccine manufacturers, make adequate provisions for storage facilities & emergency power supply that can preserve them at minus 70 degree Celsius. It's not our normal fridge wo, when."
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have shown promising results. However, there is the problem of preservation.
For the Pfizer vaccine, it needs to be kept at minus 70 degrees Celsius which is colder than winter in Antarctica.
As for Moderna, its vaccine needs to be frozen too, but only at minus 20 Celsius, more like a regular freezer.
Nigerians have been told to expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January 2021.
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said a technical working group in the Ministry of Health is already working on which vaccine will best suit Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the government of the United States of America 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.
The US Embassy in Nigeria on Monday, November 23, in a tweet said they "doff" their "hats" to the Nigerian.
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