- NPHCDA has finally given a timeline of vaccination in the federal republic of Nigeria
- This timeline is quite different from other countries rushing to vaccinate their people against the deadly virus
- Specifically, the health agency said it will take 2 years to vaccinate about 109 million Nigerians
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The coronavirus vaccination rollout in Nigeria will not be as swift as those of other developed countries if the submission of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is to be believed.
According to the health agency, about 109 million Nigerians will be vaccinated against the coronavirus within the next two years.
This was disclosed by Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA executive director, at the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing, held on Monday, February 15, The Cable reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had recently reported that the World Health Organisation (WHO) did not shortlist Nigeria for the first round of supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine following the country’s inability to meet certain criteria.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said Nigeria does not meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccine at the required minus 70 degrees Celsius.
Moeti said in a statement that only four African countries were shortlisted in the first supply of 320,000 vaccines out of the 13 that applied.
Legit.ng had also listed the African countries that have procured COVID-19 vaccines. Among them are South Africa, Africa's epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, Morocco, Seychelles and others.
Seychelles, a popular tourist destination before the pandemic struck, has reportedly started its free vaccination programme.
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