Nigeria has capacity to store up to 400,000 doses of the expected COVID-19 vaccine-FG

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The Federal Government on Tuesday said the country has the capacity to store up to 400,000 doses of the expected COVID-19 vaccine.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib disclosed this during a tour of the National Strategic Cold Store (NSCS) in Abuja.

Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.

The Pfizer vaccines must be stored at the ultra-cold temperature of -70°C.

The NSCS houses three ultra-cold chain equipment.

The three pieces of equipment have a combined capacity of 2,100 litres and operate at a temperature of -85 degrees Celsius, according to Dr. Shuaib.

Recently the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Babatunde Salako, in an interview with Newsmen, said the country does not have enough freezers to store the Pfizer vaccine