The administration of the second batch of vaccines in Nigeria will begin in August, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has said.
Willie Bassey, Director of Press of the PSC on COVID-19 disclosed this in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, Aug. 8.
“The PSC has received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. Government to Nigeria. In view of the above, the inoculation is scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, off Airport road, Abuja,” the statement read.
Bassey said the commencement of inoculations was imperative as it would aid the country’s efforts to contain the spread of a third wave of COVID-19.
The four million doses of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 arrived in Nigeria on Sunday, July 31 courtesy of a donation made by the US government.
The intended commencement is coming after the National Agency For Food And Drug Administration (NAFDAC) examined the vaccine and gave its approval.
Nigeria started vaccinations for COVID-19 in March, when it received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine courtesy of COVAX.
Nigeria recently announced that it had officially entered the third wave of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
As of the time of the announcement, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had recorded more than 7,000 active COVID-19 cases of the disease and 2,149 deaths.
As of Aug. 7, the number of active cases stood at 9,948 and deaths at 2,185.
The development comes amidst Nigerian President’s London Medical trip and an ongoing strike action by doctors in the country.
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