- Nigeria does not have enough freezers to store Pfizer vaccine according to NIMR
- According to reports, the vaccine is required to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius
- The reports also stated that Nigeria freezers are currently occupied with other medical supplies
A sad fact has been disclosed to Nigerians: That is - the country does not have enough freezers to store thousands of doses of vaccines.
The disclosure was made by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).
It said the country cannot store the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine when they are delivered to the country.
Recall that Nigeria is expecting 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January.
The vaccine is required to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius.
According to Babatunde Salako, NIMR director-general, while there are freezers in the country suitable for storing the vaccines, they are currently occupied with other medical supplies that require low-temperature storage.
He added that even if adjustments are made, the facilities would only be able to contain a few thousands of the vaccine, The Cable reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central has proven himself again to be a dyed-in-the-wool critic of the federal government.
Sani recently gave a closer look into the government's planned $400 billion allocation for the COVID-19 vaccine and discovered faults in it. According to the former federal lawmaker, the entire proposal may end up another waste of public funds because of the conditions required for the preservation of the vaccine.
Sani also 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.
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