The NAFDAC-endorsed Oxford-AstraZeneca antibodies showed up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around early afternoon on Tuesday, through an Emirates aircraft.
Director of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had said on Saturday that Nigeria will get its first tranche of around 4 million portions of the Covid immunizations.
On the ground to take conveyance of them were top government authorities 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 Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Talking a week ago, the Health Minister had noticed that likewise noticed that once the antibodies show up in the country, about 70% of the populace is required to be immunized inside two years.
“We have been advised to open a record with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that as of now effectively in light of the fact that we will pay for that piece of the immunization. The COVAX immunization is free, at no expense to us, it is produced using gifts,” Mr Ehanire said.
“We need to vaccinate around 60 to 70% of our populace. On the off chance that COVAX vaccinates 20, we have around 40 to 50 to inoculate inside the following two years. Thus, we need to pay for that short any gifts that we get like the MTN gift, for instance, each one of those ones diminish the amounts that we need to buy or some other that in future are given to us complimentary.
The clergyman offered the remarks on February 24, the exact day that Ghana turned into the main nation to get immunizations from COVAX-a worldwide plan to acquire and disseminate Covid vaccinations free of charge for more unfortunate nations.
The 600,000 dosages conveyed to Ghana were the Oxford/AstraZeneca equation, made under permit by the world’s biggest immunization maker, the Serum Institute of India.
In the mean time, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on Monday reported that Nigerians would now be able to enroll for the COVID-19 immunization through its site.
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“To enlist for #COVID19 Vaccination, visit our site http://nphcda.gov.ng and click on ‘Coronavirus Vaccination e-enrollment,” the organization said in a tweet.
In the interim, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, noticed that bleeding edge wellbeing laborers would be one of the initially set of individuals to get the antibody.
“The principal will be the cutting edge wellbeing laborers since they are confronting the fight intensely,” he said. “They will start things out at that point, besides, we will take a gander at the old – those over 60, 65 years and especially with comorbidities (individuals who have existing medical issue, for example, hypertension, diabetes, coronary illness – they will likewise be in that gathering.
“We will likewise be looking and the essential administration of the country, and afterward we would be taking a gander at some others like those at the mark of passage, line post supervisors, and things like that; This will be the request as far as need until further notice.”