The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has confirmed existence of storage facilities to preserve potency of the 100,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines being expected in Nigeria from January 31 to early February.
Shuaib added that his organistion has similar structures in the six geo-political zones, with every state also having a cold store for the medication and related commodities.
He explained that the country was prioritising distribution of the therapy, safety of health workers and support staff on the frontline, isolation centres, the elderly and other first responders.
The number of doses to be received by each state, the NPHCDA boss added, would be determined by number of health workers on the frontline. He said the focus of the presidential task force (PTF) and the Federal Ministry of Health was to receive vaccines that do not require complicated cold chain mechanisms like the Oxford AstraZeneca’s that require between +2 and +8 Degree Celsius.