Nigeria to receive 10m Covid-19 vaccine doses in March – Health Minister



The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that Nigeria would receive 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccine in March, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, in a statement in , said the vaccines add to 100,000 expected doses of Pfizer vaccine, however, the statement did not specify which type of vaccine would be used for the 10 million doses.

It was also unclear whether the batch would be financed by the African Union (AU) or as part of COVAX, which links the () with private partners to work for pooled procurement and equitable distribution.

With around 200 million people, Nigeria has officially reported some 104,000 Covid-19 cases, of which 1,382 have been fatal.

But these figures are believed to fall short of the real toll, since the number of tests in low.

Cases have risen sharply since the end of November, notably in the capital Lagos, a city of about 20 million people.

The rate has also increased, even as a variant strain of coronavirus has been discovered in recent months but it has remained unclear whether it is more contagious or deadly.

The authorities recently announced that they hope to vaccinate 40 per cent of the population in the year 2021.

However, the of transporting and storing vaccines for many millions of people are enormous in a country where adequate hospital facilities are lacking. (AFP)

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