Nigeria seeks 30 million doses of J&J vaccine from the African Union

Nigeria plans to get 29.6 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine through the Afreximbank-run African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, the Treasury Department said.

The government is working on a supplementary budget for the procurement and supply of vaccines, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said in a statement on Friday. Already 29 billion naira have been cleared for vaccine use, representing 52% of the need from 2021 to 2022, she said.

Africa’s most populous country, with around 200 million people, has set a goal of vaccinating 70% of its citizens who will be at least 18 years old between this and next year, Ahmed said. The vaccine commitment under the COVAX initiative would cover 43.1 million of the country’s population.

Nigeria received about 4 million doses of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University in March, with about 1.3 million people receiving their first doses on March 6.

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