Nigeria received its first COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday to kick off an inoculation program in Africa’s most populous nation, delivered under the international COVAX scheme.
The West African nation of more than 200 million people took delivery of 3.92 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Nigeria is the third West African country to receive COVAX shots, after Ghana and Ivory Coast, which have both started vaccination campaigns. Unlike Ghana and other nations that are prioritizing frontline healthcare workers, the old and most vulnerable, the question many are asking in Nigeria is whether Nigerian politicians known for their greed and selfishness will emulate these examples.
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The government aims to, the highest-priority recipients, in Abuja on March 5, followed by strategic leaders on March 8.
Mustapha said the government expected to receive 84 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX this year, enough to inoculate 20% of the population.
COVAX, led by the vaccine alliance Gavi, and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as an implementing partner, aims to deliver nearly 2 billion doses worldwide by the end of 2021.
Peter Hawkins, the Nigeria country representative for UNICEF, said Nigeria’s extensive experience in combatting infectious diseases, most recently the eradication of wild polio, would facilitate the rollout of COVID-19 doses. The contemporary challenge facing mass Covid vaccination in Nigeria is the issue of false and misleading propaganda that has led to millions vowing to refuse the vaccine.
Afro World News