The chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum Dr John Kayode Fayemi had earlier announced that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available in Nigeria at the end of January, however, the World Health Organization WHO has disqualified Nigeria from the first set of countries to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Following a report from WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti in a press conference, Nigeria was disqualified based on the country’s inability to meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius, due to poor power supply.
According to Moeti, “Around 320,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been allocated to four African countries: Cabo Verde, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia. Deliveries are also expected later on in February”.
Thirteen African countries expressed an interest in participating in the initiative, and their proposals were evaluated based on current mortality rates, new cases and trends and capacities to deliver this vaccine, including to store it at minus 70 degrees Celsius”.
Stressing this further, he said.
“I have to say that this was a challenging process as we know all countries want to start vaccinating their populations. The supplies were limited but we are glad that we will have a number of countries start and we look forward to working with the other countries to expand this vaccine delivery”.