‘Vaccine Hawks’ and Broken Cold Chains in Nigeria

Last October, residents in 2 Nigerian states reported deaths from a “strange disease.” 

Yellow fever had previously spared Enugu and Delta states so some residents blamed spiritual causes for the deaths. 

After the Nigeria CDC confirmed yellow fever and launched a vaccination campaign, some residents refused the jab.
 
Another challenge: Public health centers lack equipment—and even electricity—necessary for cold storage of doses to meet communities’ needs.
 
Scarcity and need bred ideal conditions for sketchy vaccine deals where citizens pay for a jab from “vaccine hawks.” 

A 2-part Premium Times investigation reveals these growing challenges as yellow fever again becomes endemic in Nigeria.

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