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Nigeria received over 67m doses of COVID-19 vaccines

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NIGERIA has so far received 67,973,250 doses of COVID-19 vaccines including 2,100,000 doses out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines procured by the federal government.

  National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) gave the figure in a statement to mark one year of Nigeria’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, coinciding with receiving vaccine donations from Japan, yesterday.

  According to NPHCDA, about 96.9 per cent (or 65,873,240) doses) of the vaccines received were through the COVAX Facility.

  “While more than 47 million doses are in the pipeline from now to the end of the year. The vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson donated by GAVI and different countries including United States, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Canada, Germany Ireland, Switzerland, India, and Japan.

  The most recent donation of 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by the Government of Japan via the COVAX Facility, was handed over to the federal government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) today 2nd March 2022. While receiving the vaccines and Solar Direct Drive Refrigerators, on behalf of the federal government of Nigeria, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib commended the COVAX Facility and the donors for facilitating access to COVID-19 vaccines by low and medium-income countries like Nigeria.   And commended the Japanese Government, saying, “The donation of 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines bolsters the global effort to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the global community to ensuring Nigeria receives the vaccines it needs,” the statement read further.

  Commending Japan for the donation, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said Nigeria is particularly happy about the Solar Direct Drive (SDD) Refrigerators because of their advantages in independent and uninterrupted power source for vaccine storage.

  Earlier while handing the consignment to Shuaib, the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi said Japan is honoured to be a part of the global vaccination effort here in Nigeria by providing 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

  It will be recalled that COVAX, which is co-led by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and World Health Organisation (WHO) working in partnership with UNICEF, is collaborating with countries to scale up COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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