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Coronavirus

Covid-19: FG working with GAVI, Africa CDC to get vaccines before end of Februrary

Fayemi has revealed that Nigeria is working with several organisations to ensure that vaccines arrive before the end of February.

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The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed that they are working with the PTF and other agencies like GAVI and the Africa CDC to ensure Nigeria gets vaccines before the end of February.

The Governor revealed this in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday evening.

“All I can say is that we (Governors) are working with the PTF, working with GAVI and a number of other institutions, as well as the African Centre for Disease Control to enable Nigeria get as much vaccines as possible from the end of February,” he said.

“We have to wait to see if we succeed with that, but that effort is ongoing, and i must commend the PTF for the negotiatons.

“We just have to wait, I am not happy the vaccines are not here yet, we are making progress” he added.

What you should know 

  • Fayemi had earlier revealed that about 80 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines will soon be made available in the country, to immunize 40% of the Nigerian population this year.
  • The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had earlier announced that the first batch of 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which is from AstraZeneca under the COVAX programme, is expected to be available from February.
  • This is coming after the African Union (AU)’s African Vaccines had allocated 42 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Nigeria.
  • Also, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said the Nigerian government expected over 41 million vaccines from the African Union before the end of April, as it also expected to source vaccines from India and Russia.
  • The Federal Government had earlier announced that Nigeria was about to receive 1.4 million doses of vaccines donated by MTN.
  • The UK Government has revealed that the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) had announced that Nigeria would be one of the first countries to receive 16 million free doses of Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility.
  • BUA Group revealed that it had purchased a million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria, with delivery to be made soon.

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