Nigeria receives first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from India

News - by RadioNow / Mar. 3rd, 2021
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An Emirates airline Boeing 777 carrying the COVAX facilitated AstraZeneca vaccines from the serum institute of India with about 3.92 million doses, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday. On the ground to take delivery of them were top government officials including the PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha; the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire; the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Chikwe Ihekweazu.

Speaking to journalists at the airport, Boss Mustapha said the vaccine is safe and encouraged everyone who qualifies for the jabs to make themselves available

At 3.92million doses, this shipment to Nigeria is the single largest covid-19 vaccine consignment shipped out of India with more expected from the government of India according to India’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur.

Present at the airport to receive the vaccine was Dr Faisal Shuaibu who said that we are expecting more vaccines through some other facilities

The vaccines have been taken to the national cold chain storage facility while the national agency for food and drug administration and control, NAFDAC, begins analyzing them ahead of the vaccination drive.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, notes that frontline health workers would be one of the first set of people to get the vaccine. Second in priority will be the elderly – those above 60 years and particularly people who have existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease.

To register for COVID19 Vaccination, visit www. nphcda.gov.ng and click on ‘COVID-19 Vaccination e-registration

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