Breaking: COVID-19 vaccines: Nigeria not disqualified, says WHO

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Nigeria, Kazadi Mulombo has said that WHO is part of Covax facility and can never disqualify a Member State (Nigeria) from accessing an approved vaccine for their population.

The Medical Doctor who disclosed this on his official social platform on Saturday, called upon members of the press in Nigeria and globally, to contribute to fighting misinformation, as Nigeria not disqualified.

Dr Mulombo emphasized that WHO stand in ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the world and in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is one of the Advance Market Commitment countries as COVID-19 vaccines portfolio is growing, and Nigeria is set to receive its first share this month”, he said.

Meanwhile, earlier report gathered that Nigeria has been disqualified for the Pfizer vaccines following the country ’s inability to meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius.

According to Saturday Punch stated that WHO Director, African Region, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said in a virtual conference that only four African countries were shortlisted for the Pfizer vaccine out of the 13 that applied.

“Around 320,000 doses of the Pfizer -BioNTech vaccine have been allocated to four African countries which are Cape Verde, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia, as WHO could not risk the vaccines being wasted”.

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