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Nigeria is set to receive 3.92 million doses of the on Tuesday, March 2, according to the federal government.

After Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria will be the third West African country to benefit from the COVAX Facility, with the delivery marking the first arrival of COVID19 vaccine in the country.

Part of a statement from Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the NPHCDA’s Executive Director and Chief Executive, reads:

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“The arrival of this vaccine is the result of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment, led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and aided by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

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We have started training health workers and ensured that cold chain facilities are ready at all levels, so we are fully prepared to receive and deliver the vaccine to eligible Nigerians. We have a reliable cold chain system that can safely store all types of at the appropriate temperature. As a result, we are confident that the vaccine will be widely distributed, beginning with our critical healthcare workers, who are on the front lines of providing the care that we all require,” Dr Shuaib added.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine is part of a total of 16 million doses that the COVAX Facility plans to deliver to Nigeria in batches over the next few months as part of an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Nigeria intends to vaccinate at least 70% of eligible Nigerians aged 18 and up in four stages over the next two years.

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