Nigerian government on Wednesday took delivery of 4.4 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which was donated by the Spanish government to enable the West African country vaccinate its citizens against the dreaded disease.
According to the Spanish Embassy in Abuja, the donation is line with its unconditional defence of fair, equitable, and universal access to vaccines against Covid-19.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the Embassy of Spain in Nigeria, the handover ceremony of the single-dose vaccines took place at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib; the Ambassadors of Spain, Greece, Sweden, and Austria; UNICEF Director of Health, Mr. Eduardo Celades; WHO Deputy Country Representative, Mr. Alexander Chimbaru, and the European Union envoy, Ambassador Samuela Isopi attended the ceremony.
The statement reads in Part, “With this donation, Spain stands out as the third donor of Covid vaccines to Nigeria. It is the largest donation Spain has done to a single country in Africa so far. Furthermore, these figures place Spain as the seventh-largest donor of vaccines in the world, with 70 million doses already delivered.
“Spain is fully committed to multilateral efforts. Consequently, this donation and more than 90 percent of Spanish donations have been made through the COVAX mechanism.”