Afghanistan guarantees accessibility for life-saving vaccines

The government of Afghanistan recently re-emphasized its guarantee that there will not be interruptions in giving people easy access to life-saving vaccines.

To demonstrate this reassurance, the Afghan health ministry has launched a storage facility within Kabul airport, one of the main routes that vaccine distributors use to deliver vaccines to Afghanistan. Many times the new purchases of vaccines are stopped due to security issues or customs clearance because of difficulties at the orders’ final destinations.

The facility keeps the vaccines safe and readily available for immunization centers, which have established a network for vaccinations. The new facility features a back-up generator if there are power outages and standard cold equipment to maintain the correct temperature for the vaccines. The facility can hold between two and three months of routine vaccine supplies.

These are important steps in Afghanistan’s plans to improve its management of cold chain distributions throughout the nation.

“This is a crucial first step for ensuring quality of vaccines once the vaccine shipments arrive in the country,” Afghan Health Minister Ferozudin Feroz said. “Vaccine stores at the airport act as a store for transit as well as a back-up facility for national-level vaccine stores.”

This news is especially good in light of the earthquake that took place in Afghanistan this week.

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