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Covid-19

Nigeria to Receive 40 Million COVID 19 Vaccine Doses to Battle 3rd Wave

Nigeria to Receive 40 Million COVID 19 Vaccine Doses Before the End of 2021

  • The Federal Ministry of Health has revealed that Nigeria is set to receive 40 million doses of the COVID 19 vaccine before the end of the year
  • The vaccine will be used to help the country combat the third wave of COVID-19 as cases continue to rise nationwide
  • The information was passed by the Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire while speaking at the Presidential Steering Committee for COVID-19 on Monday

Nigeria will receive 40 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine before the end of 2021, according to the Federal Ministry of Health.

COVID 19 vaccine

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry at the Presidential Steering Committee for COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, the Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed this.

Dr Ehanire also revealed that the country just received 4 million doses of COVID 19 vaccine from the United States and the vaccines are being validated by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The health minister thanked the United States for releasing the vaccine at a point when Nigeria is in severe need.

Dr Osagie Ehanire

The minister also disclosed that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency will commence the distribution of the vaccine to various states in the country once NAFDAC gives the go-ahead.

Dr Osagie Ehanire also revealed that Nigeria has been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases since July after the delta variant made its way into the country.

As at the last update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded 174,759 cases of the virus and 2160 deaths.

The health minister further revealed that the ministry is considering strategies that will scale up testing and help identify people with COVID-19 faster.

Meanwhile, he urged Nigerians to continue the observance of all health measures to limit the spread of the virus.

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