The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 on has disclosed that Nigeria will take delivery of 7.5 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine between October and early November of 2021.
According to the PSC on COVID-19, about 3.5 million doses donated by the United States Government will arrive the country in October while the remaining four million is expected in November.
The PSC at a news conference in Abuja on Monday noted that the country will soon begin to receive one million doses of the Johnson and Johnson anti-COVID-19 vaccine monthly.
The quantities, according to the chairman of the PSC on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, will be enough for the 70 percent eligible persons in the country.
Mustapha said: “Notable progress is still being made in the area of vaccine. Over 3.5m doses of Pfizer’s AstraZeneca is being expected from the U.S Government this month while about 4m doses are being expected early next month.
“Nigeria will also be receiving over one million doses of J&J shipments on a monthly basis. The PSC is committed to access enough vaccines for the 70 percent eligible persons in the country in record time.”
Mustapha noted that allegations that international travelers were being extorted at the nation’s airports are being investigated.
“It has similarly noted with dismay, fraudulent activities perpetuated at our international airports by on-duty staff members, who extort those who wish to evade quarantine requirement.
“The authorities are conducting necessary investigation into various reports received.”
He stated that vaccine enlightenment campaigns were ongoing across the country, and he appealed to all eligible persons to take advantage of the vaccination programme
He however noted that though the spread of the virus seems to be losing steam, all citizens should not let their guards down.
Mustapha said, “Global cases have been on a decline for some time now but there’s a need for more caution, especially among Nigerians.”