Nigeria in the present day obtained almost 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, its well being ministry introduced on social media.
The nation’s Nationwide Main Well being Care Improvement Company (NPHCDA) mentioned on Monday that Nigeria would take supply of three.92 million doses of the shot, the primary arrival of a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa’s most populous nation.
Nigeria is now the third West African nation to obtain the coronavirus vaccine — becoming a member of neighbors Ghana and Ivory Coast — which have all been provided via the COVAX program.
COVAX is a worldwide initiative that helps poorer and smaller nations achieve entry to Covid-19 vaccines.
Faisal Shuaib, who heads the NPHCDA, mentioned in a press release Monday that Nigeria’s vaccine rollout would begin “with vital healthcare staff, who’re within the frontline.”
“We’re totally ready to obtain and ship the vaccine to eligible Nigerians as we have now commenced the coaching of well being staff and ensured that chilly chain services are prepared in any respect ranges. Now we have a sturdy chilly chain system that may retailer all sorts of Covid-19 vaccine in accordance with the required temperature,” Shuaib added.
In a follow-up assertion on social media Monday, Shuaib mentioned a web site had been launched to register Nigerians for Covid-19 vaccination.
Nigeria plans to inoculate not less than 70% of its inhabitants aged 18 and above. This, the NPHCDA mentioned, can be performed in 4 phases inside two years.
UNICEF’s consultant in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, mentioned extra vaccines will probably be despatched to the nation — including that the arrival of the primary 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot was a part of 16 million doses that have been allotted earlier.
No less than 156,017 Nigerians have been contaminated with Covid-19 and 1,915 have died from Covid-related issues, in line with the nation’s official rely.
Findings of a survey launched final month by the Nigeria Middle for Illness Management and a nationwide institute for medical analysis counsel that extra Nigerians have had the coronavirus than official information present.
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