Nigeria expects 57m doses of covid vaccines from four manufacturers
London, Feb. 3, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria is set to receive 57 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines over the next few months, the authorities say.
They have asked for a four-fold increase on their previous request for 10 million doses from the African Union.
“We have applied for 41 million doses of a combination of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines,” Faisal Shuaib, who heads the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, told the Reuters news agency.
An additional 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected in February from the World Health Organization-backed Covax programme.
As Nigeria fights a second wave of Covid-19, officials are looking to multiple sources to secure more vaccines to inoculate its enormous population.
During a press conference in the capital, Abuja on Monday, the health minister also said the country’s drug agency was looking into vaccines from Russia and India.
So far Nigeria, with a population of around 186 million, has officially recorded over 130,000 cases of Covid-19, including 1,600 deaths.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has continued to record more cases of coronavirus as the total number of infections rose to 133,552 on Tuesday.
1634 new cases of #COVID19;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) February 2, 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this in a late-night tweet via its verified Twitter handle.
It noted that 1,634 new cases were reported from 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last 24 hours.
Lagos topped the list of states with fresh infections – reporting 440 more cases and was trailed by Anambra FCT and Rivers where 160, 158, and 134 new COVID-19 cases were reported.
“Our discharges today include 551 community recoveries in Lagos State, 213 in Kaduna State, and 103 in Kano State managed in line with guidelines,” another tweet by the NCDC read.