The Federal Government on Monday commenced the administration of latest vaccines marking the beginning of the second part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The second part of the vaccination programme was breathed into life after the US donated over 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
Only about one % of the inhabitants has been absolutely vaccinated, thus far.
The flag off ceremony, held on the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja, was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha
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Also Present have been the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu and the Medical Director of the FMC, Professor Aliyu Ahmed.
The train had earlier been scheduled for August 10 however was postponed.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated the postponement was resulting from “purely administrative” causes.
Apart from the over 4 million Moderna doses, the federal government has additionally taken supply of 177,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The single-shot J&J vaccine was acquired via the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), with help from Afrexim financial institution.
The J&J vaccines are anticipated to be deployed in hard-to-reach areas, to get rid of the necessity for journey for a second dose.
More of the J&J vaccines are anticipated within the nation quickly.
According to Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria has procured almost 40 million doses of the J&J vaccines via AVAT.