France donates 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria

According to a senior Nigerian health official, Nigeria has received 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from France vide a COVAX vaccine-sharing facility.

In a statement, Faisal Shuaib, the head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency said, Nigeria along with the 501,600 COVID-19 vaccine doses, the African Union also provided Nigeria with 434,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVId-19 vaccine.

More COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be received from the African Union.

By the end of 2021, the WHO-backed COVAX facility aims to secure billions of doses for low-income countries.

As of yesterday, 2.54 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated while 4.7% of the population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said Shuaib.

He went on to add, “With more vaccines arriving in the country, it is my fervent hope that more people will turn up … so that Nigeria can rapidly progress towards attaining herd immunity.”

According to a decree from a presidential committee, starting from December 1, 2021, Nigerian civil servants will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test to gain access to offices.

So far, Nigeria has reported 208,404 confirmed COVD-19 infections and 2,761 deaths from the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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