Italian government donates more than three million doses of vaccines to Nigeria

The Nigerian government received 3,002,400 doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines from the Italian government on Monday. Speaking at the award ceremony in Abuja, the executive director of the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said the donation was in line with the global call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Shuaib said the donation is also a reflection of the commitment of the Italian government and European delegates to global efforts to stop the pandemic that has claimed millions of lives. He said the launch of the J&J vaccine across the country has rapidly improved vaccination coverage. Noting that the donated vaccines will be used judiciously, he said that the country has instituted accountability in the COVID-19 vaccination program to ensure the efficient use of all available resources. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in the company of development partners, received 3,002,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines donated by the Government of Italy. The donation of COVID-19 vaccines by the Italian government is the second to Nigeria in the last five weeks. On March 2, the Japanese government donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Nigeria through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Fund, COVAX. Vaccination so far Shuaib said that more than 13 million eligible people in Nigeria have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and another 23 million have received their first dose. “As of today, April 11, 2022, we have fully vaccinated 13,588,718 people, which represents approximately 12.2% of our total eligible population. “Meanwhile, another 23,012,700 have received their first dose, representing 18 percent of the total eligible population,” he said. He said the agency has stepped up technical support to all states to increase vaccination coverage. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in the company of development partners, received 3,002,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines donated by the Government of Italy. Mr. Shuaib said that states are being supported to finalize their microplans, which will further strengthen accountability in the use and management of available resources and increase acceptance based on locally acceptable methods and standards. ALSO READ: Africa needs seven times more COVID-19 vaccine shipments: WHO Speaking at the event, WHO Country Representative in Nigeria Walter Mulombo said the Italian government has been at the forefront of the response to COVID-19 through financing and equitable distribution of vaccines. Mulombo said this donation marks another remarkable example of global solidarity in action to end the pandemic. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in the company of development partners, received 3,002,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines donated by the Government of Italy. He said that the J&J vaccines came at the right time after the relaunch of the optimized SCALES strategy. He said that SCALES 2.0 is intended to provide an opportunity for the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out to states. He said available data shows that the introduction of the single-dose vaccine has provided the opportunity for more eligible people to be fully vaccinated. He urged all eligible Nigerians who have not yet been vaccinated or who are due for their second dose or booster dose to take advantage of current opportunities to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Italian government donates more than three million doses of vaccines to Nigeria