Nigeria’s Covid-19 vaccine to arrive month end

Nigeria's Covid-19 vaccine to arrive month end

 

Nigeria’s Covid-19 vaccine to arrive month end

 

The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines being procured by Nigeria is expected to arrive the country by the end of this month as part of its plan to inoculate 40% of the population this year and a further 30% next year.

Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, revealed this.

The first batch,he said would contain 100,000 doses of the vaccine, obtained through the global vaccine-sharing scheme known as Covax.

According to him, the country hopes to get 42 million vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the scheme.

The World Health Organization had set up the Covax scheme to help poorer countries obtain Covid-19 vaccines amid widespread concerns that wealthier nations would procure all the available vaccines.

Frontline health workers, first responders, national leaders, people vulnerable to coronavirus and the elderly are expected to be the first persons to be inoculated.