Nigeria is ready to receive four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as the first batch of vaccines expected in the country.
While speaking at Monday’s weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid19, The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib had said that this is to be part of the 16 million vaccines to be expected in the country.
Mr Shuaib said, “We have been Informed that 4 million out of the 16 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in the first batch of supplies to the country,”.
The Nigerian government had announced it was expecting 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines initially through the Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX) by the end of February.
An additional 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines donated by telecom giant, MTN, will also be delivered to the country by the end of February, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said at its briefing last week.
Mr Ehanire said an additional 42 million doses of the same vaccine will be delivered to the country through the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).
The government had said it aims to vaccinate approximately 109 million of its population against COVID-19 over a period of two years.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday has approved the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria. Vaccine roll-out in the country is expected to begin by the end of February.