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Nigeria receives 3.94 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Nigeria receives 3.94 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

3/2/2021 5:50:00 PM

Nigeria receives 3.94 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

The delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccines is part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the next weeks.

Vaccination plansNigeria, with a population of over 200 million aims to vaccinate approximately 109 million people against the COVID-19 virus over a period of two years.Health authorities said only eligible population from 18 years and above, including pregnant women, will be vaccinated.

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“The vaccines have not been proven to be safe for children,” the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib said.Nigerian authorities on Monday launched the ‘T• E• A• C• H• Strategy and Electronic Management of Immunization Data (EMID) to ensure smooth roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines.

T.E.A.C.H. is an acronym for a five-point strategy developed by the vaccination implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said while speaking at the launch in Abuja on Monday.He said the strategy utilises all the benefits of traditional, electronic, assisted and concomitant house-to-house registration to optimise the use of innovative technology for a smooth rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

An e-registration link has also been created to enable eligible Nigerians to register for the COVID-19 vaccination.“To register for COVID-19 vaccination, visit our website and click on ‘COVID-19 Vaccination e-registration,” Mr Shuaib said at the launch.

ADVERTISEMENTHe noted that the vaccine roll-out will be in four phases, starting with health workers, frontline workers, COVID-19 rapid response team, laboratory network, policemen, petrol station workers and strategic leaders.A milestoneThe United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the arrival of the vaccines marks a major milestone for the COVAX Facility.

“The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021,” Mr Kallon said, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday.

He reiterated the commitment of the UN Country Team in Nigeria to support the vaccination campaign and help contain the spread of the virus.Mr Kallon noted that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine will enable the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to commence the vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with frontline healthcare workers.

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Thabani Maphosa, the Managing Director for Country Programmes at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said the delivery of the vaccine is a landmark moment for the country to end the acute phase of the pandemic.“We are glad to see Nigeria is amongst the first receiving the doses from COVAX, thanks to the excellent level of preparedness put in place by the Government of Nigeria,” Mr Maphosa said.

Similarly, the WHO Representative in Nigeria, Walter Mulombo, said the agency wishes to congratulate the government of Nigeria for its participation in COVAX efforts and its commitment to protecting Nigerians against this pandemic.Mr Mulombo said these vaccines have undergone rigorous regulatory processes at the global and country-level and have been deemed safe and effective.

“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today, we celebrate the efforts being made in getting the vaccine to Nigeria, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative.Mr Hawkins said the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Nigeria is critical in curbing the pandemic.

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