Breaking: Nigeria takes delivery of 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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Lara Adejoro

The Federal Government on Tuesday took delivery of 699,760 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the UK Government.

This was disclosed in a post on the Facebook page of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The post read “Nigeria has taken delivery of 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the UK Government.

“The vaccine will be deployed immediately to the States & administered as the second dose to those who had earlier received only the first dose of the AZ vaccine.”

Recall that on Monday, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib said the vaccines will be targeted at those due for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

He also noted that the country is expecting up to 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to complement what is available.

“We will also be receiving today 698,880 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a donation from the UK Government through the COVAX facility.

“These doses will be targeted at those due for their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

“In the next couple of weeks, we will be expecting up to 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to complement what we already have and tomorrow ensure that we cover not only those who will be taking their second AstraZeneca vaccine but also for those who will want to take their first dose of the vaccine.

“As a result of the leadership provided by the Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health, NPHCDA in collaboration with our partners have mapped out the best strategies in targeting different segments of our populations because of the differences in vulnerability, age, and geographical constraints,” he said.

The NPHCDA boss added that in preparations for the commencement of phase two vaccination, the government has trained 40,739 state-level personnel comprising of the health workers and partners on the phase two strategic vaccine rollout plan.

“This is to assure Nigerians that all brands of COVID-19 vaccine used in Nigeria is safe and effective especially against the Delta variant,” Shuaibu said.

 

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