Nigeria receives its first batch of the Covid19 vaccines

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Nigeria has received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India(SII) and shipped via the COVAX Facility.

The vaccines arrived in the country on Tuesday the 2nd of February.

The United Nations(UN) system in Nigeria disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Also, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) notified the general public via Twitter that Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the National Coordinator of NCDC, and Dr. Faisal Shuaib of NPHCDA were awaiting the vaccines at Abuja International airport.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF, the World Bank, civil society organizations, manufacturers, and others.

The UN system said the arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what would be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.

It said the delivery was part of the first wave of arrivals in Nigeria that would continue in the coming days and weeks

Ghana is the first African country to take delivery of the vaccines in the continent.