The Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Primary Health-care Development Agency (NAPHDA) has unveiled the cold chain facility to be used to store COVID-19 vaccines in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Speaking during a tour of the National Strategic Cold Store (NSCS) on Tuesday, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, said the facility has the capacity to store up to 400,000 doses of the expected vaccines.
Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer & BioNTech 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.
Shuaib said the three pieces of equipment have a combined capacity of 2,100 litres and operate at a temperature of -85 degrees Celsius.
See more photos of the facility below: