Japanese govt donates over 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria

The Japanese government on Wednesday donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria.

The donation was made through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said the Japanese government also donated 175 Solar Direct Drive (SDD) refrigerators to aid COVID-19 response in the country.

Mr Shuaib said today also marks the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Nigeria.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Japan through the COVAX facility has donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 175 Solar Direct drive Refrigerators to aid COVID-19 response in Nigeria,” he said.

He said the country has so far received 67,973,250 doses of COVID-19 vaccines including 2,100,000 doses out of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccines procured by the government.

He said about 96.9 per cent of the vaccines were received through the COVAX facility.

“While more than 47 million doses are in the pipeline from now to the end of the year.

“The vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and J&J donated by GAVI and different countries including United States, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Canada, Germany Ireland, Switzerland, India, and Japan,” he said.

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