By Aiyeku Timothy
Nigeria will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by early February to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, an official disclosed on Tuesday.
The federal government has also expressed readiness to get the vaccines across the country, and work on the modalities for the screening of the vaccines before they are administered, said Faisal Shuaib, director-general of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA).
“The focus of deployment of the vaccines will be at the most affected areas in the country,” the official said, adding that there have adequate capacity to store the vaccines.
Shuaib said that the NPHDA has three Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) equipment, with capacity of 700 liters and the expected 100,000 doses of the vaccine will occupy just 500 liters of space.
“Three of them have a total capacity of 2,100 liters. So, we have more than enough space for the 100,000 doses of the vaccine that will be brought in the first instance,” he added.
Meanwhile, the presidency has urged governors, celebrities and clergymen to take the vaccine on national television to be able to convince Nigerians of its safety.