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Nigeria targets 58mln Covid-19 vaccine doses —Ehanire

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The Federal Government has announced that Nigeria will receive over 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the fight against the Coronavirus virus pandemic.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday during the weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to Dr. Ehanire, the quantity is estimated to cover some 45 per cent of the country’s population.

The Minister of Health disclosed that Nigeria subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms.

The COVAX facility, he explained, offered Nigeria 16 million vaccine doses in the first half of the year, while AVATT offered 42 million doses.

That brings the total doses to at least 58 million doses.

“With regard to vaccines, Nigeria has kept abreast of global development and supports the call of WHO for fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, since COVID-19 is a threat to mankind,” he said.

Going further, he noted: “We subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms; the first being the COVAX facility that will supply members, including Nigeria, vaccines free of charge, to cover 20% of our population.

“The expected first wave of 100,000 vaccines derived from this facility.

“There has since been a change that now offers Nigeria 16 million vaccine doses in the first half of the year.

“The other multilateral platform is the African Union AVATT platform, the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, chaired by the President of South Africa, Mr Ramaphosa.

“AVATT has acquired 300 million doses of three types of vaccines which have been offered to African countries, based on population, such that no country is left behind.

“Nigeria subscribes to this whole-of-Africa approach, that strives to ensure that we are safe and our neighbours are safe.

“We shall be offered over 42 million doses by AVATT. If all the projected vaccines are supplied, we estimate we should have covered over 45 per cent of the population.”

Ehanire also added that Nigeria is in bilateral negotiations with Gamaleya of Russia for Sputnik V vaccine.

He added that Russia is willing to supply to Nigeria with the Russian vaccine which has 91 per cent efficacy.

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