Nigeria receives 100,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccines from India
Nigeria has received 100,000 doses of COVISHIELD vaccines donated by the government of India to support the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement by High Commission of India in Nigeria on Tuesday said the consignment was delivered to the country through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA.
“These 100,000 doses of vaccines, manufactured at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing facility, arrived at the Abuja airport from Mumbai via Addis Ababa on 26 March 2021 at 1200 hrs.
“The consignment was delivered to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) by the High Commission of India.
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“The Covishield vaccine manufactured at the Serum Institute of India is the first COVID-19 vaccine approved by NAFDAC, Nigeria.
”Its first lot of 3.92 million doses of vaccines under COVAX had reached Nigeria on 2 March 2021.
“The bilateral donation of 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines is in fulfillment of the announcement made by the High Commissioner of India at that time.
On the occasion, High Commissioner Abhay Thakur stated that the supply of vaccines to Nigeria is in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment, made at the UNGA in September 2020, that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help humanity in fighting Covid-19.