Nigeria took delivery of the first batch of the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine today, coincidentally, this is coming one year after her first index case.
3.92million doses of the vaccine arrived Abuja, Nigeria at about 11:00am this morning just as promised by the COVAX facility.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and other major stakeholders in the Health sector were at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to take delivery of them on behalf of the country.
On it’s official twitter handle, @NphcdaNg wrote:
“Today, we had a reception ceremony – an activity that allowed a multi-sectoral delegation to inspect and receive the vaccines at the airport.
This is a key part of our commitment to the Nigerian people to ensure full transparency, as we distribute and introduce safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
“The Vaccines are now undergoing final assessment by our National agency – NAFDAC. We eagerly anticipate the conclusion of the review, as we continue to train health workers across the Country”.
Chikwe Ihekweazu , Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with the COVAX vaccine.