Reason WHO disqualified Nigeria From Global Covid Vaccine Bid
The world health organization (WHO) has disqualified Nigeria and 8 other countries from the global covid vaccine bid which would have seen the country received about 100,000 free allotted vaccines for the fight against Covid-19.
The World Health Organisation-led COVAX global initiative said Nigeria’s inability to meet the standard requirement of storing the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius means Nigeria would not be getting the Pfizer covid vaccines.
The Federal Government when it took Journalists around its storage facilities in Abuja had earlier stated that it was expecting to receive 100,000 doses through the COVAX initiative, which was set up to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.
Only four African countries were shortlisted to receive the Pfizer Covid vaccine out of the 13 countries that applied. WHO said it could not risk the Pfizer vaccines being wasted.
To access an initial limited Pfizer covid vaccines, countries were invited to submit proposals. 13 African countries including Nigeria had submitted proposals for the global covid vaccine bid and were evaluated by a multi-agency committee based on current mortality rates, new cases, and trends, and the capacity to store the vaccines.
From our reports, we gathered that the epileptic power supply around the country could have been the major reason for Nigeria’s disqualification from the global vaccine bid.