Breaking: Nigeria receives the first batch of COVAX vaccines
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has announced that the expected COVAX Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccines have arrived in Nigeria.
The agency disclosed this in a social media statement on Tuesday after the first batch landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
These come as cheering news to many Nigerians who have long awaited the arrival of the vaccine into the country.
Present at the airport to receive the vaccines are; the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, the DG of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and the DG of the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
The delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine is part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the next months by the COVAX Facility, as part of an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.