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Nigeria to take delivery of 3.9 mln Covid-19 vaccines from COVAX on Tuesday

By on March 1, 2021 0 141 Views

About 3.92 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX are expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday, according to the presidential task on Coronavirus on Sunday.

Nigeria will become the third country on the West African coast to benefit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and Ivory Coast took delivery of their own portion earlier.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with some 200 million people, has reported fewer than 1,900 COVID-19 deaths so far, better than had been widely predicted early in the pandemic.

Last week, the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) gave its approval for the use of the Astrazeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine use in Nigeria.

The dispatch is part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the next months by the COVAX facility, the task force said in a tweet.

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The COVAX facility for poor and middle-income countries is co-led by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as an implementing partner.

Nigeria plans to inoculate 40 percent of the population this year and 30 percent more in 2022. The country expects to receive vaccine donations that will cover one-fifth of its population and then procure an additional 50 percent of its requirement to achieve herd immunity, the budget head has said.

Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said Nigeria will draw up a supplementary budget in March to cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccinations, for which no provision was made in the 2021 finance bill adopted in December.

~With Reuters rreport

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