- Lagos state has received its first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses
- This was revealed on Tuesday, March 9, by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
- Sanwo-Olu said the vaccine will be administered to Lagosians very soon
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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, March 9, announced that the Lagos state government has received the first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Sanwo-Olu revealed the welcome development on his Twitter page on Tuesday, adding that the much-awaited vaccine arrived in the state on Tuesday.
The governor disclosed that the doses of the vaccine allocated to the state came from the federal government provided by COVAX.
"I am happy to announce that we have received the allocated doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Lagos state from the federal government provided by COVAX, in an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines."
Sanwo-Olu further disclosed that the inoculation of Lagosians will commence in line with the stipulated guidelines given by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
He, therefore, encouraged residents to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols, especially the wearing of facemasks.
The health agency announced the vaccine's arrival via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 2.
President Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, also announced the vaccine's arrival via Twitter.
"JUST IN: The first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines has arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja."
The chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had on Saturday night, February 27, said the vaccines would depart India on Monday, March 1, and touch land in Abuja on March 2.
Prior to its arrival, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had approved the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria.
NAFDAC's director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the announcement on Thursday, February 18, President Buhari's new media aide, Bashir Ahmad, stated on Twitter.
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