Nigeria runs out of COVID vaccine-19 as anxiety over third wave infections rises

By our reporter| Nigeria has exhausted the COVID-19 vaccine it received in the first vaccination phase, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said.

Faisal Shuaib, the agency’s executive director, who made the disclosure at the south-west zonal town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination in Lagos, said the country has used up 98 percent of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine it received in March and has officially ended the first phase of the vaccination plan.

The development is coming at the time the country is witnessing a third wave of infections.

Shuaib said, “Nigeria has successfully utilized 3,938,945 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines across 36 States and FCT, representing 98% utilization of the 4,024,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine it received from COVAX facility in March 2021. This comprises of 2,534,205 people who have been vaccinated for first dose, and 1,404,205 who have received their second dose of the vaccine. This is to say, that all vaccines given to Nigeria in this 1st phase has been exhausted.”

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“Accordingly, the country has officially ended the first phase of its strategic COVID-19 vaccination plan.

According to him, Nigeria is now preparing to commence the second phase in the next few weeks with three additional brands of COVID-19 vaccines expected.

“As plans and preparation for the second phase commences, a ‘whole family approach’ vaccination mechanism would be utilized,” he said.

“We have also received communication for the delivery of the following vaccine shipments in the coming months.

“3,924,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca by end of July or early August 2021 from the COVAX facility.

“4,000,080 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in August from the COVAX facility donated by the United States Government

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“3,577,860 doses of Pfizer-Bio-N Tech COVID-19 vaccine in Q3 from the COVAX facility

“29,850,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson (Jassen) COVID-19 vaccine by the end of September, that will arrive in batches from the African Union Commission.

“In preparation for the arrival of these vaccines, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency is putting in place all necessary logistics for storage, distribution, security, and accountability for the range of vaccines we are expecting.”

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