Nigeria Expected To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines By March

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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
  • Nigeria’s West African neighbours, Ghana received a shipment of 600,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines under the COVAX scheme on Wednesday
  • Ghana is the first country to receive vaccines under the scheme

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has said that Nigeria is expecting to receive its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines by the beginning of March. 

Ehanire said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

The Federal Government had said last week that Nigeria would receive four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine very soon.

But speaking of when they will be delivered, the health minister said; “that is not in our hands. It is the hand of the person who is bringing it to us”.

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He also noted that about 70% of the population is expected to be inoculated within two years.

“We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations.

“We want to immunise about 60 to 70% of our population. If COVAX immunises 20, then we have about 40 to 50 to immunise within the next two years. So, we have to pay for that minus any donations that we get like the MTN donation, for example, all those ones reduce the quantities that we have to purchase or any other that in future are given to us free of charge.

“Now, the COVAX will start delivering to African countries before the end of February; that’s what they told us.

“But they didn’t tell us which country is first or which is second, which is third. So, COVAX begins to deliver before the end of February. And we hope that before the end of this month, it would be our turn or latest by beginning of next month.”


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