LATEST: 3.2 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines From the US have over 6 months’ shelf life, -US Government

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard has handed over the latest donation of 3.2 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the United States Government to Nigeria.

This was done during a visit to the National Strategic Warehouse to welcome the latest delivery of U.S.-government donated COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria.

Ambassador Leonardo also discussed COVID-19 vaccine storage and distribution with the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib and his technical and warehouse staff.

A statement from the US Embassy Abuja which was made available to our correspondent, reveals that the vaccine doses have over 6 months of validity before expiration and are being stored at the National Strategic Warehouse for distribution to thousands of COVID-19 vaccination sites nationwide.

The Ambassador, while inspecting the vaccine doses, discussed how the agency is maintaining proper ultra-cold storage, noting that “safe and effective vaccines are our best tool to ending the pandemic.”

“The latest shipment reflects the United States’ commitment to purchase and donate 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide. To date, the United States has delivered more than 370 million vaccine doses to over 110 countries, including over 24.7 million U.S-donated doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Nigerian people.

“It is important to note that all U.S.-donated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria have had an expiration deadline of at least 6 months or more upon receipt to ensure adequate time for use,” the statement read in part.

It was further stated that vaccine donations are a part of the U.S. government’s continued partnership with the Government of Nigeria in combating COVID-19 and that to date, the U.S. government has provided over $130 million of technical and financial support to Nigeria’s COVID-19 response specifically for vaccination roll out and administration, deployment of personnel to support the response, last mile delivery and supply chain logistics, epidemiological and vaccine related COVID-19 surveys and surveillance systems, testing capacity and molecular lab networks, personal protective equipment, and provision of rapid response teams.

The U.S. government said it has also contributed to the training of over 200,000 military and civilian personnel on COVID-19 control measures and maintaining preventive health and social services.

“The U.S. government urges all Nigerians to go out and get vaccinated to make themselves safe and make use of the donated COVID-19 vaccines. These actions will strengthen not only the health and well-being of the nation but the overall worldwide response to the pandemic.

“Every individual plays a vital role in supporting the global effort needed to stem the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. government will continue its partnership with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and Centre for Disease Control to defeat COVID-19 and deliver life-saving vaccine doses across the country via COVAX.”

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