As Nigeria expects to receive 100, 000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the end of January, the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) says there are not enough freezers to store the doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine when they are delivered.
The vaccine is required to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius.
In an interview with The Punch, Babatunde Salako, the director-general of NIMR, said 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. Salako said even if adjustments are made, the facilities would only be able to contain a few thousands of the vaccine.
“Our facilities can hold Pfizer vaccines at -70 degrees but we don’t have enough of such freezers and the ones we have are even full at the moment. We even just got one that we have yet to install but how many samples can it even hold?
Even if we rearrange things, I doubt if we can…
Source: Linda Ikeji