Oyogist.com has learned that the Federal Government on Monday took delivery of another tranche of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the U.S Government.
This marks the largest of vaccines received since the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign started in March this year.
Representatives from UNICEF and USAID officially presented the vaccine at a ceremony in Abuja.
According to AFP, the vaccines had arrived Nigeria on Sunday via two planes.
Covax was set up to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries, and has already delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories.
The Moderna vaccines, which were approved by NAFDAC in July, are expected to boost the country’s vaccination programme.
The virus has killed 2,149 people and infected nearly 174,000 in Nigeria, but the real figures are believed to be much higher, in part because of low testing rates.
Last month, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said it had detected the Delta variant, putting officials on alert for a third wave of infections in the country.
In June, Nigeria barred passengers who are not citizens or permanent residents from entering the country if they have been in South Africa in the past 14 days.
The decision followed similar restrictions imposed on travellers coming from Brazil, India and Turkey.