The Nigerian government has received delivery of the first set of 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of a total of 1.4 million doses designated for Nigeria by the African Union according to The PUNCH.
An announcement published by MTN on Tuesday titled, ‘First set of MTN donation of 1.4 million doses of vaccines received by Nigeria’, pointed out that the MTN Group had contributed $25m for the vaccines, a combination of doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility and the AU COVID-19 vaccination programme.
It said the vaccines would be distributed amongst health workers in Nigeria by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
On behalf of the health care workers, the Director-General of the NPHDA, Faisal Shuaib, praised the efforts of the Nigerian government and the AU, as well as MTN for its collaboration.
According to Faisal, the arrival of the vaccines is a crucial step, and he pledged for more collaborations, pleading with organisations to join the drive for the Nigerian people.
Likewise, the DG of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, also expressed gratitude on behalf of the government.
He said, “The donation of COVID-19 vaccines is truly helpful, and we are grateful. We can only succeed against COVID-19 when we fight together.
“These vaccines will go a long way in protecting health workers, who are on the frontline, and need all the protection they can get at this critical moment, hence the prioritisation of their vaccinations.”
Emphasis on the power of partnership and collaboration, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, explained that the ongoing threat of COVID-19 required tremendous and accelerated effort by both the private and public sectors.
Toriola said this kind of partnerships demonstrated what could be accomplished when working together for the development of Nigeria Africa.
“I thank the Nigerian government and the AU for the opportunity they granted MTN to collaborate and contribute towards the delivery of these vaccines. We are truly privileged to have been able to play our part in contributing towards government’s efforts to protect and save lives,” he added.