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Covid-19

Nigeria Receives 177,600 Doses of COVID 19 Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Nigeria Receives 177,600 Doses of COVID 19 Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

  • Nigeria has received $177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to aid the country’s effort against COVID 19
  • The acquisition is part of the 29,850,000 doses of COVID 19 vaccines that the federal government procured through the Africa Union commission
  • The latest import is coming less than 2 weeks after the country received 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States

Less than 2 weeks after receiving 4 million doses of Moderna COVID 19 vaccine Nigeria has received another 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The vaccines will be used to help the country tackle the third wave of COVID 19 that had resulted in a surge in cases in the country.

The vaccines were delivered to Nigeria on Wednesday and the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib inspected them the following day in Abuja.

Dr Shuaib assured Nigerians that the vaccines were approved by the World Health Organisation and safe for use.

The NPHCDA director also disclosed that this vaccine was part of a larger delivery (29,850,000) that was procured through the Africa Union Commission.

“Nigeria took delivery of 177,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, being part of the 29,850,000 doses that the Federal Government of Nigeria procured through the AVAT of the AU Commission through the facility provided by African Export-Import Bank.”

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He also disclosed that Nigeria was among the first 10 countries to secure vaccines through its partnership with the AU.

Johnson Vaccine

He also disclosed that the administering of the vaccines will soon begin and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be provided to people in hard-to-reach areas.

The J&J vaccine is unlike the AstraZeneca and Moderna COVID 19 vaccine received by Nigeria beforehand in the sense that it is administered in a single shot rather than double doses.

Meanwhile, the NPHCDA has disclosed that the country will begin administering the procured 4 million doses of Moderna vaccine from Monday, August 16.

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