The United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 17, donated 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The received doses of AstraZeneca represents the first instalment of the 1,299,760 that the UK Government is expected to make available to the country through the COVAX facility.
It will be recalled that Nigeria launched the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, with 4 million doses of Moderna vaccine provided by the US Government.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib received the vaccines on behalf of the government.
While speaking during the official handover of the vaccines to the Federal Government by the UK Government in Abuja, Dr Shuaib said “I am pleased to inform you that we received 699,760 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the UK Government last night. We are extremely grateful to the government and people of the United Kingdom for this gesture.
“This vaccine will be deployed immediately to the states after NAFDAC’s due approval, and administered as a second dose to those who received only the first dose of the vaccine during the first phase of the vaccination rollout.
“As a result, I urge all those who received AstraZeneca as the first dose to visit the nearest vaccination site to receive the second dose in order to be fully protected.
“We have also received communications from the COVAX facility indicating that an additional 801,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have been received.
“These doses are a gift from the Canadian Government and will be delivered by the end of August.”
“Its storage requirements are the same as most of our routine vaccines, at temperatures ranging from +2 to +8 degrees Celsius.”
“The UK was one of the first countries to back COVAX with £548 million,” said Gill Atkinson, acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria. We have consistently advocated for a global effort to ensure that every country receives the COVID-19 vaccine.