- Nigerians may soon join the UK and other countries where the vaccination against COVID-19 has commenced
- According to the minister of health, the vaccine should become available in the country by the end of January 2021
- The minister said work is ongoing to determine which of the approved vaccines the country will go for
Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, has said that Nigerians should expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January 2021.
Channels TV reports that the minister stated this on Wednesday, December 16, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister said a technical working group in the Ministry of Health is already working on which vaccine will best suit Nigeria.
Earlier, the federal government said it has put in place the machinery for receiving 20 million doses of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
He noted that Nigeria is a member of COVAX, an international coalition, under the World Health Organization (WHO) umbrella.
Meanwhile, the government of the United States of America has recognised the efforts of Onyema Ogbuagbu, a Nigerian doctor in Yale School of Medicine who helped to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
It should be noted that the Nigerian is also an associate professor of medicine at the same school where he has been a principal investigator on numerous vaccine trials.
The US Embassy in Nigeria on Monday, November 23, in a tweet said they "doff" their "hats" to the Nigerian.
In other news, the federal government has 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.
The minister of health said he had directed isolation and treatment centres in the country to prepare for reopening over the new development.
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