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Nigeria rollout AstraZeneca vaccine at National Hospital as Dr Cyprian receives first jab

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Nigeria on Friday kickstarted the vaccination of the populace at the National Hospital, Abuja with Dr. Ngong Cyprian making history as the first to receive the jab in the country.

The commencement of the vaccination was flagged off by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.

After Ngong received the jab, other health care workers that received the AstraZeneca vaccine during the launch were Nurse Faith E. Eragbai, Dr. Nuru Joseph and Dr. Thairu Yunusa.
Earlier in the day, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) cleared the AstraZeneca vaccine for usage in the country.

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) disclosed the clearance in a tweet: “After undergoing final assessment by NAFDAC, we have confirmation that they have concluded their final checks with positive results.

“Nigeria can now go ahead and use the 3.924 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. #YesToCOVID19Vaccine,” NPHCDA wrote.

The agency also disclosed that the vaccine rollout has commenced with a tweet.

“Meet the first set of health care workers to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in Nigeria — Dr. Ngong Cyprian, Nurse Faith E. Eragbai, Dr. Nuru Joseph and Dr. Thairu Yunusa. Thank you for working tirelessly to protect us all.”

Both President Buhari and his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive their jab publicity on Saturday as part of measures to bolster confidence in the safety of the vaccine among the populace.

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