The Nigerian government has made an order for 10 million doses of covid-19 vaccines. This is in addition to the earlier 100,000 doses they requested from the COVAX facility.
The 100,000 doses of the vaccine which was scheduled to be received last month hasn’t been delivered to Nigeria; it is now scheduled to be received this month.
The chairman presidential task force and secretary to the government of the federation, Mr Boss Mustapha said during a media interphase in Abuja, “that the effort to access and deploy vaccines is progressing and as already announced by COVAX, the initial 100,000 doses Nigeria is expecting will now arrive in the early weeks of February”. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on his part said Nigeria is exploring all options to secure safe and effective vaccines to meet her target of covering at least 70 percent of her population within two years. Apart from the 100,000 doses allocated as first wave to Nigeria by the COVAX facility, FG also placed order for 10 million doses through the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) of the Africa Union Commission, which has secured 270 million doses, with the $2billion backing by Africa Exim Bank for a “whole-of-Africa”, an initiative of the Chairman of the African Union, President Ramaphosa of South Africa. The vaccine is expected to be rolled out from late March or April.
The FG in a statement made by Mr Boss Mustapha is assuring Nigerians that the vaccine will be safe and effective when it’s been deployed. He employs everyone to join in the campaign to eradicate vaccine hesitancy. He further advised Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). And that no one should patronize anyone hawking or marketing vaccines.