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FG To Continue With Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccinations

By Centus Nweze

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Federal government is to continue with the process of administering roughly 4 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine despite misgivings expressed by experts and interest groups on the matter.

This revelation came from Dr. Faisal Shuaib, ED/CEO NPHCDA on Sunday.

He further explained that the administration would begin with frontline health workers and vulnerable individuals.

“There has been no change to current plans or supply.

“A huge number of countries around the world are administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, including much of Europe, and United Kingdom which has administered the most doses of AstraZeneca globally.

“The World Health Organization, British and European health regulators all continue to advocate for the use of AstraZeneca,” he said.

According to him, AstraZeneca’s strong effectiveness against COVID-19 has been demonstrated in clinical and human trials. It has been shown to be 76% effective at preventing COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization.

Shuaib also said that the Nigeria’s Health Authorities followed closely recent pronouncements from Europe’s regulator, the EMA.

“The Head of the EMA stated that, according to scientific knowledge, there is no evidence to support restricting the use of the vaccine in any population.

“The NPHCDA’s priority is the health and safety of the Nigerian people, and our decisions and advice are guided by best practice scientific evidence. We are confident in AstraZeneca’s ability to save lives,” he added.


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