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Nigeria will continue administering AstraZeneca vaccine —FG

50 new COVID-19 cases, 2,058 deaths confirmed

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The federal government has stated that Nigeria will continue in the process of administering roughly 4 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, beginning with frontline health workers and vulnerable individuals.

This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the ED/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib.

Dr. Shuaib said categorically that “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.

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.

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 said its priority is the health and safety of the Nigerian people, and that its decisions and advice are guided by best practice scientific evidence.

“We are confident in AstraZeneca’s ability to save lives,” Shuaib said.

Meanwhile, 50 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria in the last 24hrs .

The cases are as follows:

  • Lagos-27
  • Plateau-11
  • Bayelsa-7
  • Gombe-3
  • Nasarawa-1
  • Ekiti-1

Also, some 163,113 confirmed with 151,853 patients discharged.

Painfully, 2,058 persons have been confirmed dead from Coronavirus related deaths.

The latest shocker being the spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who died on Saturday, according to his wife, Mrs. Josephine Okei-Odumakin.

Late Mr. Odumakin died at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).


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