Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Receives a Box of Vaccines from a Representative of the Indian Government Tuesday, April 6

Nigeria boosts vaccinations, receives 100,000 extra doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine

*President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transitioning of the PTF on COVID-19 to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, effective April 1, 2021, as the country seeks to boost vaccinations of the citizenry

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a means of boosting the number of Nigerians to be vaccinated against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Government has disclosed that it got 100,000 additional doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine from India.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced the development at a media briefing Tuesday, April 6 in Abuja, FCT.

The PTF Chairman said the additional vaccine doses which the Indian Government donated to the country, would help to boost the number of Nigerians to be vaccinated by about 50,000.

He as well disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transitioning of the PTF to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, effective from April 1, 2021.

According to Mustapha, the PSC, which will now operate with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of the COVID-19, will function up till December 31 this year.

In relation to vaccinations in the country, it is recalled that the country had received about four million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the WHO-backed vaccine initiative COVAX March 2021, triggering the commencement of vaccination drive in Nigeria.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has also said as of afternoon Tuesday, April 6, the most populous country on the African continent had vaccinated 964,387 eligible persons against the COVID-19 virus.

The Federal Government noted that the additional vaccines from India are expected to boost the country’s current efforts at vaccinating most of its population against the damaging disease.

The government has stated that it is seeking to vaccinate no fewer than 70 percent of its estimated 210 million-strong population.

More vaccine doses are still expected from COVAX as well as from an African Union scheme financed by the African Export-Import Bank, report noted.

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