The delay in the arrival of the first batch of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been blamed by the Federal Government on “politics and logistics due to no fault of Nigeria.”
Making the disclosure in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said every needed infrastructure for the vaccine’s storage had been put in place because the government considers the issue a serious one.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the minister said: “The fact that these vaccines will now come in February is not due to Nigeria’s fault. We are very ready to receive the 100,00 doses and we have the infrastructure, even when it is going to be preserved at about -70 Degree Celsius.”
The minister said the ultra-cold freezers to store the Pfizer vaccine candidate doses upon their arrival in the country had already been acquired before the companies said it had to wait till February.
Mohammed, a member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said government had also accessed the African Union (AU) and other international agencies for vaccines.
He assured that in the next two years, they would be able to vaccinate about 70 per cent of the population.
The minister underscored the need for sustained advocacy campaign against the position of some people who had bad-mouthed the vaccines that it had a lot of resistance.