A medical virologist at Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Dr. Oladipo Kolawole, says the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine could not be guaranteed without proper storage.
He also stressed the need for the federal and state governments to sensitise Nigerians to the need to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kolawole added that there was the need for the government to liaise with religious leaders to ensure that their members turn up for the vaccines.
He said, “A key factor of the success of any vaccination rollout is the population’s attitude towards it.
“The government needs to sensitise the general population to this, give them adequate information, likewise liaising with religious leaders to make sure their communities turn up to get their jabs.
“As regards the facilities or measures that must be put in place, we need good storage facilities to be in place, though Pfizer has developed cutting-edge packaging and storage solutions to meet the needs of the varied locations that will be distributing the vaccine – whether they are in major cities or rural towns.
“This statement was made by Pfizer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Albert Bourla, as regards what they have developed to meet the challenges of storage.”
The expert added that there was a need to store the vaccines properly to achieve the needed result.
He stated, “Vaccines must be stored properly from the time they are manufactured until they are administered. Proper maintenance of vaccines during transport is known as the cold chain.
“A proper cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain that includes all equipment and procedures used in the transport and storage and handling of vaccines from the time of manufacturer to administration of the vaccine.
“Vaccine effectiveness cannot be guaranteed unless the vaccine has been stored correctly. The main effect is that of the effectiveness and possibly some other health side effects.”
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