The donation from the European Union is in fulfilment of promise to distribute vaccines to some of the world’s poorest people.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has received A total of One million, nine hundred and thirty-six thousand and fifty doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine from the European Union.
The doses were handed over to officials of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, at the National Strategic Cold Store in Abuja.
The Eropean Union ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, said the delivery was part of a donation pledge by the European Union to African countries via the COVAX initiative launched by the World Health Organization in 2020 to distribute vaccines to some of the world’s poorest people.
In his contribution, the World Health Organization’s representative Alexander Chimbaru noted that the delivery would enable more Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID 19.
Responding to the gesture, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said with the new delivery, Nigeria now has the total of twelve million, nine hundred and sixteen thousand, four hundred and fifty doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Dr. Shuaib said hard-to-reach riverine, desert and security-compromised areas would initially be prioritised since the J&J vaccine only requires a single dose.