President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday be vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus while the general exercise begins today.
This was disclosed by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, during the second edition of the State House weekly briefing held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said Nigeria would begin to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its citizens on Friday after a launch that would take place at the National Hospital, Abuja.
We also gathered that the Federal Government would on Monday in Abuja distribute the vaccine to states.
The NPHCDA was still awaiting a complete list of health workers from states. Without a database of health workers, the vaccine can’t be shared.
Nigeria had on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID – 19 vaccines, from the COVAX facility.
The facility, an initiative co-led by the Vaccine Alliance, GAVI, and the World Health Organisation, seeks to ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine by dividing about two billion doses across 92 low-and middle-income countries.
It could be recalled that samples of the vaccine were handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for safety review on Tuesday after the country had received them. The result of the review was being expected as of Thursday.
The NPHCDA boss said with the review concluded, the next phase would be for his agency to begin vaccination.
“The next step in the vaccination programme, given that we have now received the vaccine, is a launch that will be taking place at the National Hospital tomorrow (Friday). The time scheduled for that launch is 10 am. The launch will be conducted by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“The plan is to vaccinate the frontline health workers that work in the treatment center of the National Hospital, those will be the first people just like we have communicated that frontline health workers will be the first people to take the vaccine.”