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Why eight states haven’t been supplied second-phase COVID-19 vaccines -FG

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The Federal Government on Tuesday said that it had delivered Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It, however, said that eight states are yet to receive the vaccine because they lack requisite vaccine storage capacity, especially in terms of having a backup cold chain facility.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a joint briefing on COVID-19 vaccination by the agency, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund and the World Health Organisation in Abuja.

He said that the second dose vaccination with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will begin on Wednesday and will end on September 5.

He said, “So far, we have deployed Moderna vaccine to 29 states.

“It is pertinent to state that we could not deploy the vaccine immediately after NAFDAC certification because, unlike the AstraZeneca, the Moderna vaccine did not come with complete bar coding. And this is absolutely needed for us to be able to track and trace the vaccines.

“The remaining eight states that we have not deployed the vaccine to have not demonstrated readiness in terms of their cold chain capacity.

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“While, on the one hand, they have the ultra-cold chain that the Federal Government supplied, we also require that they have backup cold chain equipment. So, either they have a working cold room or a working freezer or chest freezer.

“If, for example, there is power outage, there is the opportunity to quickly transfer the vaccines to a backup source. That way, we do not to risk the potency of the vaccines.

“For these eight states that have not provided that type of backup plan, we are holding on to the vaccines to ensure that they are adequately prepared before we send the vaccine.

“This is in line with our commitments to make sure that only states that have potent vaccines are administered to all Nigerians. Any state that is not ready, we do not deploy the vaccines.

“We are hoping that in the next couple of days, the states will be able to put their acts together and make sure that they are ready to receive the vaccines.”

Shuaib, however, did not disclose the affected states.

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