On Tuesday noon time, Nigeria took delivery of its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine.The vaccine arrived aboard a Fly Emirate cargo aircraft and was received by the PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, Minister for Communication and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the DG of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Iheakwazu.
The about 3.94 million doses that arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja today, were reportedly produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca.
This development makes Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation state, the third country in the West African region to receive vaccines, after Ivory Coast and Ghana.
“We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations,” Mr Ehanire said.
“We want to immunise about 60 to 70% of our population. If COVAX immunises 20, then we have about 40 to 50 to immunise within the next two years. So, we have to pay for that minus any donations that we get like the MTN donation, for example, all those ones reduce the quantities that we have to purchase or any other that in future are given to us free of charge.”