Medical experts in Nigeria said that things are not looking so good because the vaccines that Nigeria is expecting may become useless if proper arrangements are not made for their transportation and storage.
The problem had to do with the fact that there is not enough space to store the vaccine at the present time. Adequate storage is needed for the desired result to be achieved.
Another major problem the experts mentioned is the challenge of transporting the vaccine at the required temperature of 70 degrees centigrade to rural areas. As an option, Nigeria may have to purchase other types of vaccines that don’t require low temperature as the one made by Pfizer.
Nigeria has been in expectation of these vaccines at the end of December 2020. The experts also revealed that Nigeria would later receive 42 million free doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
The actual problem for storage has to do with the ability of the country to have a constant power supply for the cold chain. If the 70 degrees centigrade condition is not met, the vaccines may be useless.
Transportation and storage is not the only issue regarding the vaccine. Many Nigerians would back off from having anything to do with the vaccine. At the present time, many also believe that COVID-19 is fake news, so sensitizing Nigerians on the need to make use of the vaccines is a tedious task.
To this end, some are of the opinion that it will be nice if the government partners with religious leaders, who would, in turn, urge their members to come for the vaccines.
Although Pfizer is said to have developed cutting-edge packaging and storage solutions to meet the needs of varied locations, more needs to be done if success rates will be increased.
If anything goes wrong with the storage of the vaccines, they may become less effective in humans, according to Pfizer spokesperson.