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Update: COVID-19 Vaccines arrive in Nigeria

Nigeria have received nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, UNICEF, Gavi and WHO (World Health Organisation). 

It is believed that COVAX have delivered 3.94 million doses of the life changing vaccine, which arrived from Mumbai into Abuja around 11:30am yesterday morning.

Presidential aid, Bashir Ahmad, tweeted yesterday “Nigeria has just received the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine”. The welcomed news comes as the nation plans to successfully vaccinate 40% of the Nigerian population this year.

UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, stated “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”.

In accordance with the National strategy, front healthcare workers will be inoculated first.

WHO representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, said “It is heart-warming to witness this epoch-making event and WHO wishes to congratulate the government of Nigeria for its participation in the global vaccine collaboration (COVAX) efforts and its commitment to protecting Nigerians against this pandemic.

“Vaccines are a critical new tool in the battle against COVID-19; therefore, this is a step in the right direction. These vaccines have undergone rigorous regulatory processes at global and country level and have been deemed safe and effective.”

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Source: The Punch, March 2021

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Nigeria to Receive 16m Vaccines says UK Government

The UK Government have announcement yesterday that the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) have agreed that Nigeria will be among the first group of countries to receive 16 million free doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Global Vaccines Facilities. 

The British High Commission Office released a statement to the the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicating that the free doses will be widely available in the first half of the year.

In the statement, GAVI released the first forecast of countries which are widely available to receive COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The COVAX statement highlighted that it is allocating 330 million vaccine doses to low and lower middle class income countries, including Nigeria.

“As one of the 92 ODA-eligible countries participating in the COVAX AMC initiative, Nigeria will benefit from this arrangement and access free vaccines to cover at least 20 per cent of its population, and the UK is playing a supportive role in ensuring an effective and equitable introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, “it said

The UK are are regarded to be the leading nation tackling the COVID-19 pandemic internationally and so far have pledged over 1.3 billion pounds in UK aid to end the corona virus pandemic as swiftly as possible.

The UK are respected to be one of the largest donors to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, which over past two decades have contributed towards updating cold chain infrastructure and improving immunisation procedures in low income countries around the world.

Catriona Laing, The British High Commissioner, stated “This news on the COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine rollout brings us one step closer to delivering vaccines to millions of Nigerians”.

She continued “I am please to announce Nigeria will get millions of these free available doses by the end of 2021”.

This positive announcement comes after the BUA Group announced they will be providing 1 million free COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria in the upcoming weeks.

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Source: This Day, February 2021

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BUA Group Purchases 1 million Doses for Nigeria

The BUA Group, one of Africa’s largest conglomerates, has purchased 1m doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for Nigeria.

The doses are expected to arrive next week and contribute towards vaccinating Africa’s largest populous nation. The BUA shipment of vaccines will be Nigeria’s first lot since vaccines have become available. A statement released by BUA founder, Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu, thanked the coordination of the Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the president of the Afrexim Bank Dr Benedict Oramah for initialy making the purchase of the 1million vaccines.

“BUA decided to secure these 1million vaccines by paying the full amount for the vaccines today because these vaccines became available only last week through AFREXIM. We expect the vaccines to be delivered within the next 14 days and hope priority will be given to our frontline workers who have committed their lives to managing the pandemic,” Rabiu said.

Rabiu later added “In addition to the 1m doses purchased, BUA Group are committed to purchasing an additional 5 million doses for Nigeria as soon as they become available’.

The first group to be inoculated includes Health care workers and front line staff members. This approach has been taken by many nations around the world in an attempt to protect those most at risk of the virus.

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Source: This Day, February 2021

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South Africa receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines

South Africa yesterday received their first shipment of 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by Serum Institute of India. 

The life changing vaccine arrived in Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport yesterday evening and were greeted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The original shipment will be followed by an additional 500,000 doses expected to arrive next month.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will prioritised to inoculate South Africa’s front line Health workers, which will open the vaccine roll out campaign. Although the vaccines have been transported, they will not be administered to healthcare workers until mid-February, after the vaccines have been approved and tested by the South African drug regulator authorities, The South African Health Products Authority.

Director of the Africa Health Research Institute, Professor Williem Hanekom stated “The arrival of the first vaccines is excellent news and a step in the right direction for South Africa.” South Africa has been dominated recently with the transmission of new variant, which scientist believe originated in the country, however Hanekom said that initial trails of the AstraZeneca vaccine indicates that all various inoculations will still offer good protection against the virus.

“So it doesn’t matter the level of efficacy, the vaccines all seem to work pretty well against severe disease and death, even against this new variant, it appears. And that is very good news,” Hanekom said.

The South African government plans to inoculate around 40 million people, which represents 67% of the countries population, by the end of the year.

South Africa’s inoculation efforts received a significant boost recently as the government was able to acquire 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The doses are expected to arrive in second quarter of the year, the South African government stated recently to the associated press.

In the up coming months, South Africa is expecting to receive 12 million vaccine doses from the international COVAX facility, an additional 9 million from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (once approved), and a estimated 20 million doses from the African Unions vaccine acquisition task team. Although these vaccines are expected to arrive in the next 12 months, an additional 20 million vaccines will need to be sourced in the near future to meet the governments inoculation targets.

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Source: ABC News, February 2021

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