- The federal government has assured Nigerians that it would not relent in the fight against COVID-19
- Faisal Shuaib, the executive secretary of NPHCDA, said Nigeria is expecting about 20 million doses of the new vaccine for COVID-19
- Shuaib noted that a technical group has devised a risk communication plan to deliver safe vaccines to Nigerians
Amid the fear of another outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the federal government said it has put in place the machinery for receiving 20 million doses of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.
TheCable reports that the executive secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, broke the news at the presidential task force on COVID-19 media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, December 10.
Legit.ng gathered that he said Nigeria is a member of COVAX, an international coalition, under the World Health Organization (WHO) umbrella.
He emphasised that 92 countries came together to ensure access and safety of vaccines, adding that the expected 20 million doses would first be given to workers in the health sector and vulnerable citizens.
“We are on course to access safe vaccine in the first quarter of 2021. We will be leveraging on the polio platform to ensure effective delivery of vaccines to our vulnerable population."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government raised the fears that Nigeria could be entering the second wave in the spread of the COVID-19 virus following the rise in the number of cases.
It was reported that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, said he had directed isolation and treatment centres in the country to prepare for reopening over the new development.
The minister speaking at a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, December 10, disclosed that Nigeria may be on the verge of a second wave judging by the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the last few days.
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