Nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have arrived Nigeria on Tuesday.
The vaccine, which was shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO, was brought into the country via Emirates flight B 777-300 which touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 11:35am.
Daily Correspondents learnt that COVAX shipped 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to Nigeria.
The vaccine was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, from Mumbai to Abuja.
According to a statement by United Nations in Nigeria, the arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally.
UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said, “The UN Country Team in Nigeria reiterates its commitment to support the vaccination campaign in Nigeria and help contain the spread of the virus.
“The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.”