Nigeria Now Expects First Covid-19 Vaccine Doses in February

Nigeria expects to take delivery of its first coronavirus vaccine doses in February, with health workers, top government officials and vulnerable people to be given priority.

The vaccines, which could be as many as 100,000 vials, will be procured through the Covax initiative backed by Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organisation and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Faisal Shuaibu, head of the West African country’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said in an interview.

“We are waiting for final confirmation from Covax on when the first doses will arrive,” Shuaibu said, adding that the “most recent indication is they’re expected in February.” The shots were first expected to arrive in January.

Africa’s most populous country of more than 200 million people plans to vaccinate about 70% of its population in the long run and is working on other options, besides Covax, for supplies.

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