The Federal Government has received additional two million doses of Johnson and Johnson covid nineteen vaccines donated by the European Union through the COVAX.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said the donation would go a long way to complement the existing vaccines of over twelve million doses already in the country.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccines donated by Team Europe to Nigeria was part of about twenty million jabs targeted for Africa.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib said the Johnson Johnson vaccines which is a single dose brand was for rural areas.
He said the government remained committed to eradicating the virus.
According to him “I am glad to inform you that Nigeria has vaccinated 15,792,392 (14.1%) of her eligible population with the 1st dose.
We are using the platform of COVID-19 vaccination to also make available access to other primary healthcare interventions. We have been engaging poor performing states to identify areas where they would require more support from us to ramp up their vaccination coverage.”
In her remark, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs. Samuela Isopi stressed the global commitment to support Africa through various interventions to improve the health care system.
In her words, “Today’s donation brings us collectively closer to reaching the milestone of 500 million doses delivered by COVAX, with 300 million donated by Team Europe, an achievement which is worth celebrating today.
The European Union is so far the biggest donor of COVID-19 vaccines in the world. To date, Team Europe has mobilised at least 38.5 billion Euros, of which 8 billion was for the African continent.
The EU is now stepping up its effort to support Africa, where vaccination is lower than other parts of the world.”
In their separate goodwill messages, the World Health Organisation representative, Mr. Alex Ander and UNICEF, Mr. Peter Hawkins urged Nigerians to embrace laid down rules aimed at protecting the citizens.
By Florence Adewale