Nigeria has been scheduled to take delivery of 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
The delivery will mark the first arrival of the much anticipated Covid-19 vaccine in the country making Nigeria the third West African Country to take the vaccines after Ghana and Cote d’Ívoire.
According to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, the arrival of the vaccine will enable the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) to commence the vaccination of Nigerians according to priority starting with frontline healthcare workers.
The country has reported fewer than 1,900 COVID-19 deaths so far, much better than had been widely predicted early in the pandemic.
The NPHCDA has also in a statement stated it’s preparedness to receive and deliver the vaccines to eligible Nigerians as it has commenced training for healthcare workers on how to administer the vaccine.
The delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine is part of an overall 16million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches over the next month by the Covax facility as part of efforts to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines by countries of the world.
The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians against the Corona virus disease in the next two years.