Nigeria to receive 3.92m doses of vaccine today

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Nigeria to receive 3.92m doses of vaccine today

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has said that Nigerian government would receive first batch of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine today, 2nd of March, 2021.

The vaccine is expected to be deployed from an overall of 16million doses planned to be delivered in batches over the next months by the COVAX Facility.

The trio of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said in a joint statement obtained on Monday.

The statement noted that arrival of the vaccine would make Nigeria the next West African country to benefit from the COVAX Facility after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

It added that the country plans to vaccinate at least 70 percent of eligible Nigerians aged 18 years and above in four phases within two years.

Furthermore, the arrival of the vaccine would enable the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), to commence the vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with the frontline healthcare workers.

Executive Director and CEO, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said the arrival of the vaccine was a result of the commitment of the Federal Government of Nigeria through President Muhammadu Buhari, the support of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the guidance of the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

 

 

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