The Federal Government on Saturday stated it should start to manage the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines it obtained this month on Tuesday.
The newest tranche, over 4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, was donated by the US authorities.
According to a press release signed by spokesperson to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr Willie Bassey, the second batch of vaccines will help the nation’s efforts in battling the third wave of coronavirus infections.
“The PSC has received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. Government to Nigeria,” Mr Bassey stated.
“In view of the above, the inoculation is scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, off Airport road, Abuja.”
Nigeria had earlier kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program in April after receiving 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX initiative.
Covax was arrange to make sure the equitable distribution of vaccines, notably to low-income nations, and has already delivered greater than 80 million doses to 129 territories.
The Moderna vaccines, which had been permitted by NAFDAC in July, are anticipated to spice up the nation’s vaccination programme.
Last month, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated it had detected the Delta variant, placing officers on alert for a 3rd wave of infections within the nation.
In June, Nigeria barred passengers who will not be residents or everlasting residents from getting into the nation if they’ve been in South Africa prior to now 14 days.
The resolution adopted related restrictions imposed on travellers coming from Brazil, India and Turkey.