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Nigeria will now collect the first 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines in February, according to Dr. Faisal Shuaib, National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care.
The nation was awaiting the first dose of vaccines in January 2021, but that is no longer likely, since it is now going to be February.
Shuaib said two days earlier, “Nigeria is getting ready to collect the first 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the coming weeks. Today, I visited the National Strategic Cold Store alongside representatives of the media and addressed the arrangements underway to insure that Nigeria is ready for the vaccine.”
In an interview with Bloomberg, however, he confirmed that vaccinations will be obtained by the Covax programme, funded by the Vaccination Alliance of Gavi, the World Health Organisation and the Coalition for Disease Preparedness Developments.
“We are waiting for final confirmation from Covax on when the first doses will arrive,” Shuaib said, adding that the “most recent indication is they’re expected in February.”
Shuaib said Nigeria has acquired three ultra-cold chain freezers to keep the Pfizer vaccines at the required temperature.
“However, in the longer term, the government plans to invest in vaccines that are easier to store, such as those created by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford,” he said.
Once vaccinations come, priority must be given to health staff, senior government leaders and disadvantaged persons.
Nigeria, as at 20 January 2021, cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 114,691 out of 1,198,758 samples examined.
The number of discharged persons rose to 92,336, with pending cases now at 20,877.
To date, 1,478 deaths have been reported in the world.