The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCA) has revealed that over 3.4 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered for the 1st and 2nd rounds of vaccination. This was made known by the Executive Director of NPHCA, Faisal Shuaib during the COVID-19 Presidential Steering Committee meeting on Monday in which he stated that the federal government of Nigeria received over 4 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in March and a total of 3.4 million vaccines have been administered thus far. In his words,
“A total of 4,024,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine were received by the Federal Government of Nigeria in March 2021. As at today, the breakdown of the number of people vaccinated and the vaccine consumption is as follows:
2,265,805 people vaccinated with the first dose; 1,175,341 people vaccinated with the second dose and this means 88 percent vaccine doses have been used. Based on these data and comparative information from other countries, Nigeria continues to have the highest vaccination rates in Africa with approximately 87,000 people being vaccinated daily”.
Nigeria recorded the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in February, 2020 and the latest COVID-19 statistics as at June 2021 revealed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) show that there are over 166, 730 confirmed cases out of which 162, 584 have been discharged.