Nigeria receives 699,760 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

Nigeria receives 699,760 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca
L-R: Director, Vaccine Programme, Clinton Health Alliance initiative, Mr. Rahman Kelani; Director, Primary Health, Eunice Damaza; Country Lead , AstraZeneca Nigeria, Mr. Morris Nyarko; Director, Logistic and Health Commodities Pry Health, Hajiya Daradara; Head, National Strategic Cold Store, NPHCDA, Mr. Onojo Otowo, and Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Grill Atkinson, during the handover of 699,760 AstraZeneca vaccines to the Nigerian Government by UK Government in Abuja on Tuesday, 17 August, 2021
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Nigeria today received 699,760 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca donated by the United Kingdom (UK) through the COVAX initiative.

This  brings  the  total  number  of COVID-19  Vaccine  AstraZeneca doses delivered  to Nigeria through COVAX or government agreements to over 4.6 million.

COVAX is a global initiative co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi (the Vaccines Alliance) and the World Health Organization, which works with governments and manufacturers to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, a parastatal or Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria This vaccine will be administered as second dose for those who have received their first dose of the vaccine during the first phase of the vaccine roll-out. I therefore enjoin all those who have received Astrazeneca as first dose to visit the nearest vaccination site to receive the second dose to be assured of full protection. We assure Nigerians that the vaccines are safe, effective and can protect against Covid-19.”

Dr. Shuaib empahisasied that “The WHO does not approve the mixing of different brands of Covid-19 vaccines, except for the guidance that has been provided recently that one can mix the Astrazeneca and Pfizer vaccine. In Nigeria, we have not started that process because we do not have the Pfizer vaccines yet. Right now the guidance is that if you take Moderna as your first dose, you should take it as your second dose, and if you take Astrazeneca as your first dose, you should also take it as your second dose.”

“I therefore want to urge all persons from 18 years above, who are due for the second dose of the Astrazeneca to visit the vaccination sites, and encourage friends, families, and neighbours to do the same to ensure full protection from the virus.”

Barbara Nel, Country President for the African Region, AstraZeneca, said: “I was delighted to see the arrival of a further 699,760 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, today. This donation from the UK will bolster Nigeria’s vaccination programme and is wonderful news for its people.”

“Today’s arrival demonstrates the value of governments, industry and others working together to address our continent’s urgent needs to access vaccines.  In this regard, AstraZeneca’s commitment to Africa remains steadfast.”

AstraZeneca is committed to supplying the vaccine broadly and equitably around the world at no profit during the pandemic period. The supply of the vaccine is estimated to have helped save tens of thousands of lives and to have significantly reduced hospitalisations.1,2

AstraZeneca  and  its  partners  have   released  for  supply one  billion  doses  of its  COVID-19 vaccine to  more  than 170 countries, including  more  than  100  million  doses  which  have  been delivered to 129 countries through COVAX.