ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigerian officers say the nation is able to obtain its first COVID-19 vaccine doses by the top of January. The federal government desires to vaccinate 40% of the nation’s inhabitants by the top of this 12 months. However specialists say the price and storage of the vaccine poses a problem.
Officers stated President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo can be the primary recipients of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, the primary 100,000 doses of that are anticipated to be accessible this month.
They stated the vaccine then can be distributed to key political leaders and well being staff so as to elevate consciousness earlier than it will get to the residents.
Faisal Shuaib, government director of the Nationwide Main Well being Care Improvement Company, stated,
“Now we have really developed a complete deployment plan on how we’re going to deploy these vaccines in phases. We’re aiming to cowl as much as 70% of the inhabitants simply to make sure that we’re capable of cease transmission.”
Shuaib stated 40% of the inhabitants was anticipated to get photographs this 12 months and the remaining 30% by the top of subsequent 12 months.
However specialists stated Nigeria doesn’t have ample storage services to carry vaccines on the required temperature of minus 70 levels Celsius.
Additionally, the demand and value for vaccines are very excessive, making it almost unattainable to accommodate that many doses anytime quickly in Nigeria, based on pharmaceutical analysis professional Olobayo Kunle.
“Various our colleagues, scientists on this nation have labored onerous, however one factor is for certain: The vaccines which might be in use, we weren’t straight concerned within the growth,” Kunle stated. “So, sitting right here and growing timelines is a bit troublesome.”
Many African nations are going through the problem of securing ample provides of the coronavirus vaccine due to the excessive price. However the World Well being Group-backed COVAX program is ensuring nations like Nigeria will not be left behind, Shuaib stated.
“There’s been a preponderance of vaccines going to the richer nations,” Shuaib stated, “so what the COVAX facility is attempting to do is to make it possible for vaccines can be found to low- and medium-income nations no matter their talents to pay. For instance, they are going to be offering as much as 20% of Nigeria’s inhabitants by way of wants for vaccine freed from cost.”
Nigerian authorities are additionally bargaining with vaccine producers in Britain, Russia and China and say they would favor vaccines which might be simple to retailer and ship.