The first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Niger (press release)

A total of 398,970 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer arrived in Niger today. These vaccines were received at Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey by the Government of Niger, the United Nations and the United States of America, the donor of this batch of vaccines.

Dr Eddy Eliaso Manasara, Minister of Public Health, Population and Social Affairs, said that vaccinations being introduced across the country are the cornerstone of our public health response. I would like to thank many of our international partners for their support in our efforts to combat the pandemic.

398,970 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are added to the 3048,000 doses of other COVID-19 vaccines already received in Niger, delivered through the COVAX mechanism. Ensuring the availability of vaccines and the vaccination of as many people as possible in each country is an important step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, said Louise Aubin, Ambassador and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Niger. I would like to renew my sincere thanks to the Nigerian government for its many and multifaceted efforts as well as to all our partners for their unwavering and ongoing support to the Nigerian people.

This is the first time that doses of the Pfizer vaccine have reached Niger. Suzanne Ngarnim, Chargé d’Affairs of the United States Embassy in Niamey, said this additional donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses will help Nigerians better protect themselves from COVID-19. The United States is providing these vaccines as unconditional donations because we fully support our partners in the global fight against COVID-19. We encourage all eligible Nigerians to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones.

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The Pfizer vaccine must be stored below minus 60°C, and for this reason, two ultra-cold storage units with a capacity of over 850,000 doses have been installed at the Directorate of Immunization, with the support of UNICEF. We have been supporting vaccine management efforts by health authorities since the beginning of the pandemic to help COVID-19 vaccines reach communities across the country, said Stefano Safi, UNICEF Representative in Niger. Other ultra-cool units will be installed in the regions of Tahoua, Maradi and Zinder.

To date, the partners that have donated vaccines to Niger through the COVAX dose-sharing mechanism are Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the COVID-19 Toolkit Access Accelerator (ACT), is co-led by the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), the Gavi Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) — working in partnership with UNICEF as a lead implementing partner, as well as With civil society organizations, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and many other organizations.

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