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Nigeria receives 4.8m doses of vaccines from US

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THE federal government will today receive about 4.8 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said.

  The expected shipment will be the largest of vaccines received since the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign started in March this year.

  NPHCDA Executive Director/ CEO, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in a memo issued to journalists in Abuja, said the consignment is a donation from the American government.

  Nigeria has run out of COVID-19 vaccines after an initial four million doses of AstraZeneca, received from the COVAX facility were utilised three weeks ago.

  This is coming barely three days after Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), called for strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols in the conduct of all political events in the country.

  Nigeria has since exhausted the four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to kick off its nationwide inoculation programme.

  The Moderna vaccine received on Sunday, is mRNA type of vaccine manufactured and developed by Moderna, NIAID. Two shots of the vaccine are administered through intramuscular injection, 28 days apart.

  The Moderna vaccine has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, (WHO), and approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), as safe and effective based on data from large-scale clinical trials.

  In a communique issued on Friday, the PSC Chairman and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the call followed recent confirmation of more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in several states and the continued rising number of infections and hospitalisation across the country.

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