The World Well being Organisatio has excluded Nigeria from the listing of nations to obtain the Pfizer vaccines.
This comes following the nation’s lack of ability to fulfill the usual requirement of having the ability to retailer the vaccines on the required -70 levels Celsius.
In response to earlier studies, the Nigerian authorities had said that it was anticipated to obtain 100,000 doses by the COVAX initiative, which was arrange to make sure speedy and equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines for all international locations, no matter earnings stage.
Nevertheless, the Director, WHO, African Area, Dr Matshidiso Moeti in a digital convention on Saturday stated solely 4 African international locations had been shortlisted for the Pfizer vaccine out of the 13 that utilized, PUNCH studies.
Moeti stated WHO couldn’t danger the Pfizer vaccines being wasted.
She stated, “Round 320,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been allotted to 4 African international locations – Cape Verde, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia. This vaccine has acquired WHO Emergency Use Itemizing however requires international locations to have the ability to retailer and distribute doses at minus 70 levels Celsius.
“To entry an preliminary restricted quantity of Pfizer vaccine, international locations had been invited to submit proposals. 13 African international locations submitted proposals and had been evaluated by a multi-agency committee primarily based on present mortality charges, new circumstances and developments, and the capability to deal with the ultra-cold chain wants of the vaccine.
“This announcement permits international locations to fine-tune their planning for COVID-19 immunisation campaigns. We urge African nations to ramp up readiness and finalise their nationwide vaccine deployment plans. Regulatory processes, chilly chain programs and distribution plans should be in place to make sure vaccines are safely expedited from ports of entry to supply. We will’t afford to waste a single dose.”