Japanese government donates over 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria

The Japanese government on Wednesday donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria. The donation was made through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Evaluation Fund, COVAX. 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 that the Japanese government also donated 175 Solar Direct Drive (SDD) refrigerators to help the COVID-19 response in the country. Shuaib said that today also marks the first anniversary of the delivery of the first COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria. “I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Japan, through the COVAX facility, has donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 175 solar direct drive refrigerators to assist in the response to COVID-19 in Nigeria,” he said. Shuaib said the vaccines bolster the global effort to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and demonstrate the continued commitment of the global community to ensure Nigeria receives the vaccines it needs. He said that SDD refrigerators will be useful due to their advantages as an independent and uninterruptible power source for vaccine storage. “Since then, we have rolled out SDDs in 24 states across the federation based on vaccine coverage, equity, and making sure we get to the last mile,” he said. One year later Shuaib said today marks a year since Nigeria received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX. He said the country has so far received 67,973,250 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 2,100,000 doses of government-procured Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccines. He said that about 96.9 percent of the vaccines received were through COVAX facilities. “While more than 47 million doses are in preparation between now and the end of the year. “Vaccines include AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and J&J donated by GAVI and different countries including the US, UK, Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, India and Japan,” he said. Nigeria received on March 2, 2021 its first shipment of 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX facilities. To date, Nigeria has successfully vaccinated 17,914,944 eligible persons with the first dose, representing 16% of the eligible population to be vaccinated in the country. commitments Speaking at the handover ceremony, Japan’s ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, said the donations were made as part of his commitment to ensure vaccine equity around the world. Mr. Kazuyoshi said that the Japanese government is honored to be a part of this global vaccination effort in Nigeria by providing 859,600 doses of vaccines. He noted that the SDD refrigerators will ensure the stable delivery of vaccines to vaccination sites, with the necessary temperature controls. He said these efforts are key to ensuring vaccines reach the people who need them. “These vaccines will help save lives, protect livelihoods and heal economies currently affected by the pandemic. In our interdependent world, Japan and Nigeria are united, across borders, so we must work together to ensure we are all protected,” she said. In his remarks, the WHO representative in the country, Walter Mulombo, said that the donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria, which began a year ago, has proven to be beneficial. Mulombo said the country has seen an increase in the number of people protected from the severity of the deadly virus. “This is yet another example of how the world is working together to beat COVID-19,” he said. advertisements Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Japanese government donates over 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria