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COVID-19: Nigeria Does Not Have Enough Freezers To Store Vaccine-NIMR

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Nigeria does not have enough freezers to store thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccines expected to arrive in the country soonest.

This was disclosed by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).

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 stated that the country cannot store the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine when they are delivered to the country.

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.

Salako added that even if adjustments are made, the facilities would only be able to contain a few thousands of the vaccine.

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