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Covid-19 First 100,000 dose to arrive in Nigeria

By Ugbede Usman

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that the first partakers of the first 100,000 dose of Covid-19 expected to arrive in Nigeria in two weeks, will be frontline workers, governors, religious and traditional leaders.

The Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has said that the first 100,000 dose of Pfizer covid-19 vaccine is expected to be brought to Nigeria by the end of January 2021.

Shuaib made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while on a visit to the 3 new Ultra Cold Chain (UCC) and other storage facilities in preparation to receive vaccines in two weeks time.

While admitting that the 100,000 dose is just a drop in the ocean, Shuaib explains that the government is leveraging on the polio eradication programme in the country.

He said, “they (vaccines) are going to be applied on 50,000 Nigerians, comprising frontline health workers and elites within the polity, particularly State Governors, traditional and religious leaders, among others and each recipient of the vaccine is also expected to take two doses.

“Nothing to be afraid of”

He added that the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will conduct a thorough testing on the vaccines as Nigerians have shown doubt in the it’s authenticity.

“We are also mindful that we have a lot of work to overcome vaccine hesitancy that we are already seeing, the misinformation, the conspiracy theories around the COVID-19 Vaccines and we do not take for granted that all Nigerians understand the principles around Vaccines production.

“We have to do the hard work. It is not enough to offer the vaccine to Nigerians, we have to do the hard work of sharing information and educating Nigerians about the vaccines, how they were produced, the fact that they are safe and all of the measures.

“No vaccines will be administered to any Nigerian without NAFDAC certifying it. I want to reiterate that the responsibility of taking that decision to vaccinate Nigerians is of the government. It is a sacred trust that we do not take for granted. We are going to be doing it very diligently.”

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