The Federal Government has confirmed that the primary tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
This follows the readiness of the nation to obtain its first cargo of 4 million Covid-19 vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organization (WHO)-backed initiative set as much as procure and guarantee equitable distribution of vaccines without cost amongst nations throughout the globe, because the world races to include the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this affirmation was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Saturday in Abuja whereas evaluating the nation’s struggle in opposition to the illness.
What the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is saying
Mustapha, who can be the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) could be organizing the cargo from Mumbai, India.
He mentioned, “They (vaccines) should depart India on March 1, 2021, in the night and arrive in Abuja on the 2nd of March, 2021.”
The PTF chairman was filled with praises for Nigeria’s well being employees and the assorted frontline employees for working onerous to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In his analysis of the nation’s response to Covid-19 within the final one 12 months, Mustapha mentioned the PTF had carried out very nicely with a really sturdy nationwide response.
He mentioned, “We have succeeded in discharging our mandate of managing the pandemic with a well-defined course of and a strong nationwide response.’’
The SGF mentioned that the methods developed by his committee to handle the pandemic had been replicated in another nations, particularly the obligatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for travellers.
He defined that the pandemic had helped the nation to enhance on its well being infrastructure, citing the rise within the variety of infectious ailments testing laboratories from 4 to 132 throughout the nation.
What it’s best to know
- COVAX, which was arrange in April 2020 to assist guarantee a fairer distribution of coronavirus vaccines between the wealthy and poor nations, mentioned it could ship 2 billion doses to member-states by the top of 2021.
- The Federal Government had earlier announced that the primary 4 million doses of the vaccines from COVAX would arrive within the nation by the top of February 2021.
- Ghana was reported to have received 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines on Wednesday, making it the primary African nation to profit from the COVAX programme, with Cote d`Ivoire additionally receiving over 500,000 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.