Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that he hopes for the readiness of ‘very promising’ Pfizer vaccine by the end of 2020. He noted that the difficulties with transportation of the vaccine might occur as it should be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius as Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, Ghebreyesus urged for fair distribution of the vaccine doses as soon as it becomes available. However, the necessity to store the vaccine in very cold storage might complicate the vaccination, especially in the regions of Asia or Africa as the climate there is warm and the distances are long and the necessary infrastructure might be absent.
“The exciting news yesterday (Monday) of a possible effective vaccine becoming available presages significant cold chain challenges for African countries by the type of vaccine that that is. Which will need to be factored into the support to be provided”, WHO’s regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti told.
As we reported, the European Commission completed negotiations with the German company Biontech and the American concern Pfizer on the supply of 300 million doses of a new vaccine against Covid-19 - BNT162b2 to all the EU countries.
It was also reported that it is planned to allocate 92,500 dollars for the purchase of vaccines against coronavirus in Ukraine.