The Nigerian Government on Monday took delivery of another tranche of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the US government.
The latest tranche of the Moderna vaccine was expected this morning. The vaccine was presented officially by representatives from UNICEF and USAID at a ceremony in Abuja.
According to AFP, the vaccines had arrived Nigeria on Sunday via two planes. This is following the earlier kick off Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination program in April after receiving 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX initiative.
Covax was set up to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries. It has so far delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories.
The Moderna vaccines, which were approved by NAFDAC in July, are expected to boost the country’s vaccination programme.
Nigeria has already recorded 2,149 COVID-19 deaths with infected people nearly 174,000. However, the real figures are believed to be much higher, in part because of low testing rates.
Last month, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) detected the Delta variant. This made the agency put officials on alert for the third wave of infections in the country.
In June, Nigeria barred passengers who are not citizens or permanent residents from entering the country if they have been in South Africa in the past 14 days.
The decision followed similar restrictions imposed on travelers coming from Brazil, India, and Turkey.
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