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COVID-19: NIGERIA OFFICIALLY ENDS FIRST PHASE OF VACCINATION, EXPECTS OVER 41MILLION DOSES OF VACCINES FROM JULY- NPHCDA BOSS

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says the Nation is to take delivery of 41,282,770 doses of Pfizer-Bio-N Tech, Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines between July and September 2021.

To this end, the Federal Government has procured 60 units of U701 ultra cold chain equipment; about 37 have been deployed to all the 36 States and FCT in preparation to receive all COVID-19 vaccines that would require ultra-cold temperature of below 40 to 85 degrees.

The Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib who made the disclosure in Abuja, said the different vaccines donated by the United States of America, the African Union and COVAX facility would be delivered in batches.

Dr. Shuaib who said the country had officially ended the first phase of its strategic COVID-19 vaccination plan, noted that preparations to commence the second phase in the next few weeks have already begun.

According to him, the 4,024,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine received from the COVAX facility in March 2021 has been fully utilised, as 3,938,945 eligible persons across 36 States and FCT, have been vaccinated.

Out of the total number, 2,534,205 have been vaccinated for the first dose, while 1,404,205 have received their second dose of the vaccine.

He said: “We have received communication for the delivery of the following vaccine shipments in the coming months.

“3,924,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca/Moderna by end of July or early August 2021 from the COVAX facility, 3,930,910 doses of Pfizer-Bio-N Tech/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in August from the COVAX facility donated by the United States Government

“3,577,860 doses of Pfizer-Bio-N Tech/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Q3 from the COVAX facility, 29,850,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson (Jassen) COVID-19 vaccine by the end of September, that will arrive in batches from the African Union Commission.

Dr Shuaib however regretted that 14,550 cases of mild/moderate Adverse Event Followed the Immunization, and 148 cases considered to be severe were recorded during the vaccination exercise.

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