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Covid-19

Nigeria Runs Out of COVID 19 Vaccine as Third Wave Looms

Nigeria Runs Out of COVID 19 Vaccine as Third Wave Looms

  • The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has reported that Nigeria has used up the quota of COVID 19 vaccine received earlier this year
  • NPHCDA director Faisal Shuaib revealed that the first phase of the vaccination has been ended after the country used up 98% of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine
  • The exhaustion of the vaccine comes at a critical time when Nigeria has reported a rise in COVID-19 cases

Nigeria has exhausted its available COVID 19 vaccine according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

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The executive director of the agency Faisal Shuaib disclosed this during a meeting about vaccination in Lagos on Thursday.

While speaking at the meeting Mr Shuaib stated that Nigeria has 98% of the COVID 19 vaccine that was received in March and the first phase of the vaccination has ended.

The director indicated that 3,938,945 of the total 4,024,000 were used across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the NPHCDA’s report, 2,534,205 people have been vaccinated with the first dose while 1,404,205 have received both the first and second doses of the vaccine.

This report indicates that the 2,534,205 who received only the first dose will have to wait for another supply before receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

The exhaustion of available vaccines comes at a vital time when Nigeria is anticipating a third wave of the pandemic due to a rise in cases.

The NPHCDA boss had earlier reported that Nigeria will receive a total of 41 million doses of the COVID 19 vaccine by September.

The first batch of the anticipated vaccines will be received by the end of July or August beginning.

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