Nigeria receives 300,000 extra doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

*The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says MTN Communications donated the vaccines to the Federal Government, and urges other partners to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Besides the 3.92million doses the country earlier received via the COVAX facility, Nigeria has received 300,000 additional doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, disclosed this at the media briefing of the Task Force in Abuja, FCT.

The Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, who stated that MTN Communications, a telecommunications giant, donated the vaccines to the Federal Government, called on other partners to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

It is recalled that the first batch of 3,924,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, March 2 via an Emirates Airlines airplane from India.

Mustapha described as significant the efforts of some Nigerian scientists, who have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines that are currently awaiting clinical trials and certification in the country.

It is a welcome development that will open a new vista in scientific breakthrough and will boost the morale and image of the medical industry in Nigeria, stated he.

He urged all relevant agencies to provide the required support and enabling environment for the smooth conduct of the remaining protocols for the certification of the local vaccines.

He also hinted that a platform would be created during the week to show Nigerians information relating to the management of vaccines and the pandemic in the country.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has highlighted some of the measures it is taking to ensure Nigeria does not slip into a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health, said as some countries in Europe experience a fresh wave of infections, Nigeria would continue to sustain its testing rate to identify, isolate, and treat positive cases.

The Minister also disclosed this at the briefing of the PTF on COVID-19, Monday in Abuja

The government would continue to work towards better outcomes of cases, he stated.

He explained that this would be achieved by critically reviewing all the areas that would lead to the better management of infections while focusing on the evolving nature of the virus and the disease.

Ehanire said that the government had ensured continuous interface with the case managers at various isolation and treatment centres.

The country has seen a reduction in the number of confirmed daily cases despite sustaining its testing rate, he said.

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