According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Nigerian federal government has reportedly announced that it was expecting 42 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
This was made known by the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, during the press conference of the PTF in Abuja.
Mr. Faisal also noted that 100,000 doses of the Cover-19 vaccine would be received by the country at the end of the month. “Through Covax facility, we expect to receive approximately 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of January. A letter announcing this allocation is being expected this week.”
He also stated that “through the Covax facility, Nigeria is expected to secure free delivery of 42 million doses of vaccines, which will be a combination of all the available and approved vaccines currently in the market.”
The Covax scheme is a program set up to provide vaccines to poor countries, whose population and poor infrastructure s pose a daunting challenge to medical health workers.
He also noted; “In order to achieve eradication of COVID-19 in Nigeria, we need to cover 70 per cent of the total population with COVID-19 vaccines. Forty per cent will be vaccinated in 2021, while 30 per cent will be covered in 2022.
“The priority will be given to frontline health workers, first responders (security), strategic country leadership, those with co-morbidities.”