The Government of Nigeria on Tuesday received 100,000 doses of Covishield COVID-19 vaccines from India.
As reported by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha while at the committee’s weekly briefing on Tuesday, this newly gotten vaccines would in turn increase the number of Nigerians to be vaccinated by about 50,000.
Nigeria commenced COVID-19 vaccination on March 5 having received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX, a UN-backed effort that promises access to vaccines for up to 20 per cent of participating countries’ population
The vaccination started with healthcare workers who are often at the risk of exposure to infections being the first responders to patients.
Nigeria also received another 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from telecom giant, MTN, as part of the latter’s contribution to Africa.
The Nigerian government had announced its plan to vaccinate 109 million people against the COVID-19 virus over a period of two years.
Health authorities said only eligible population from 18 years and above will be eligible for vaccination.