By Dan-Maryam Zayamu
Nigeria on Tuesday took delivery of 3.94 million doses of the Oxfor Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines were facilitated by the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX), an initiative co-led by the vaccine alliance, World Health Organisation (WHO) and GAVI with the aim of ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine by sharing about two billion doses across 92 low and middle-income countries.
Speaking at a brief ceremony, at the Nnadi International Airport, Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, urged Nigerians to continue to comply with COVID-19 measures even as the country rolls out the vaccines administration plan which is expected to reach 70% of Nigerians population between 2021 and 2022.
According to him: “Although this consignment of vaccines is just 3.924m doses of the expected 16m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX Facility, we are indeed grateful to the coalition that has made this possible for us to receive it.
“The administration of the vaccines to the last mile will be prioritized in a strategically planned manner to meet out peculiar needs, cover our heroic health care workers who have sacrificed their all, including their lives, in the cause of caring for the rest of us.
“The PTF, working with the FMoH/NPHCDA, shall also ensure transparency, efficiency and economy under the process.
“It is therefore important to assure all Nigerians that their turns for receiving the jab will come.”
The SGF who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 urged all stakeholders (traditional rulers, religious leaders, Civil Societies, respectable Nigerians, the media, etc) to carry the message on the significance of being vaccinated to the grass roots and all segments of the society.
This, he reiterated “is a fight for everyone.”