Nigeria has received over four million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Spain, the largest COVID-19 donation to any African nation.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency made this known via its official Twitter handle @NphcdaNG.
Spain’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Ignatio Sell, was also present during the donation of the vaccine.
The delivery is part of Spain’s commitment to supporting developing countries in ramping up vaccination against COVID-19.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Nigerian Government, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib appreciated the Spanish government for the donation, noting that the gesture came at a time it is most needed.
Shuaib during the presentation urged eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to do so.
According to him,” if we keep up with the vaccination, the likely scenario is that even though the virus continues to evolve, the severity of the disease will reduce over time as the immunity increases due to vaccination.”, Shuaib said.
With the new batch of vaccines, Nigeria has received 71, 973250 vaccines in total.