Nigeria to get 2bn COVID-19 vaccine doses -FG

The Federal Government says it is working with global health and research organisations who are developing COVID-19 vaccines.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known in Abuja on Thursday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also said Nigeria was planning with the organisations for the allocation of 2 billion vaccine doses as soon as they are available.

Ehanire said, “Nigeria is also working with the World Health Organisation to finalise enrolment with the ACT – Access To COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, a global mechanism tracking and sponsoring global organisations working on COVID-19 vaccine development.

“We also have interest in the COVAX Facility, which is a Gavi-supported initiative to procure and assure equitable access to vaccines as soon as they are available, especially for lower-income countries.

“This will prioritise Nigeria for an allocation of a part of 2 billion vaccine doses that will be secured in a special plan to protect the interest of poorer countries.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as of Wednesday night, the country has recorded over 50,000 COVID-19 infections and about 1,000 associated fatalities.

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