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Nigeria to receive 698,880 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine today

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Lara Adejoro

The Federal Government on Monday said Nigeria will receive 698,880 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine today (Monday).

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the flag-off of the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Abuja on Monday.

According to a post on the Facebook page of the NPHCDA, Shuaib stated that 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.

He also commended the health workers in the country for their professionalism, dedication, and resilience by staying on course to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons despite the pressure of disinformation from within and outside the country.

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