Nigeria to receive 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses early 2021
London, Dec. 11, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian government says it’s put machinery in place to receive 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine by early next year.
Africa’s most populous nation says priority would be given to workers in the health sector and vulnerable citizens to receive the vaccine first.
At a Covid-19 media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the head of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said the country will be using its polio vaccination system to ensure effective delivery of the vaccines.
Mr Shuaib said that 92 countries, including Nigeria, had formed an international coalition to ensure access and safety of vaccines.
Ahead of a possible second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government has also ordered the reopening of all isolation and treatment centres in the country.
This week a senior Nigerian Army officer reportedly died of Covid-19 complications in Abuja.
Over the past week, Nigeria has seen an upsurge in the number of daily confirmed cases, sparking fears there will be a second wave of the pandemic
“We are seeing the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last few days, which we have frequently alluded to in recent times. This rightly suggests that we may just be on the verge of a second wave of this pandemic.
“To prepare ourselves, I have directed that all Isolation and Treatment Centres, which were hiterto closed due to reduced patient load, to be prepared for reopening and the staff complement put on alert,” he said.
Countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early in the year, declaring more cases each day now than they were during the first wave earlier in the pandemic.
England, Portugal and Hungary are among nations in a second lockdown as the new wave of infections sweeps through, shattering efforts and responses to keep the contagion at bay.
Cases in the U.S. are also smashing new records with over 15 million infections thus far.