The federal government of Nigeria on Tuesday disclosed that they will be receiving additional 3.92 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX). This was revealed by Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, during a media briefing in Abuja.
Speaking on the new arrivals of the COVID-19 vaccine the country is expecting, he said;
“We now have information that Nigeria will get 3.92m doses of Oxford/Astrazeneca by the end of July or early August.”
The first batch of 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday, the 2nd of March 2021, from the Serum Institute of India. Telecom giant, MTN also delivered over 300,000 doses of the vaccines in the country.
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Nigeria is expecting a total of 84 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, which should cover about 20 per cent of the country’s 200 million population. The AstraZeneca vaccine requires two doses per person.
The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lagos in February, 2020. From the outbreak in February till today, Wednesday, 16th of June, 2021, Nigeria has a total of 167, 095 confirmed cases and 163, 483 discharged cases.