The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has mentioned that Nigeria is anticipating to obtain its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines by the start of March.
Mr Ehanire mentioned this on Wednesday whereas addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) assembly in Abuja.
The Federal Government had mentioned final week that Nigeria would obtain 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine very quickly.
But talking of when they are going to be delivered, the well being minister mentioned; “that is not in our hands. It is the hand of the person who is bringing it to us”.
He additionally famous that about 70% of the inhabitants is anticipated to be inoculated inside two years.
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“We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations.
“We want to immunise about 60 to 70% of our population. If COVAX immunises 20, then we have about 40 to 50 to immunise within the next two years. So, we have to pay for that minus any donations that we get like the MTN donation, for example, all those ones reduce the quantities that we have to purchase or any other that in future are given to us free of charge.
“Now, the COVAX will start delivering to African countries before the end of February; that’s what they told us.
“But they didn’t tell us which country is first or which is second, which is third. So, COVAX begins to deliver before the end of February. And we hope that before the end of this month, it would be our turn or latest by beginning of next month.”
The minister’s feedback come on the identical day that Ghana turned the primary nation to obtain vaccines from Covax, a worldwide scheme to acquire and distribute Covid inoculations at no cost for poorer nations.
The 600,000 doses delivered to Ghana had been the Oxford/AstraZeneca formulation, made below license by the world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute of India.
As of December 2020, the minister had mentioned that Nigerians ought to anticipate to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine by the tip of January 2021.
The Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, had additionally mentioned the nation is anticipated to acquire a complete of 140 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the subsequent two years.