By our reporter| The federal government has rubbished the assertion in some quarters that the country does not have the capacity to store the coronavirus vaccines being expected by the end of this month.
The executive director of the national primary health development agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib who dispelled such fears during a tour of the National Strategic Cold Store in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the country has the capacity to store up to 400,000 doses of the expected COVID-19 vaccine.
Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January, which must be stored at the ultra-cold temperature of -70°C.
According to Shuaib, the NSCS houses three ultra-cold chain equipment, and the three pieces of equipment have a combined capacity of 2,100 litres and operate at a temperature of -85 degrees Celsius.
It will be recalled that in a recent interview with a national publication and reported by Alabingo.com, the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Babatunde Salako, said the country does not have enough facilities to store and transport the Pfizer vaccine across the country.