The AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine was shipped through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO, and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, arrived from Mumbai to Abuja around 11.30 am.
Bashir Ahmad the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on News and Media has tweeted that, “Nigeria has just received the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID—19 vaccine”.
Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Representative in Nigeria, added that, “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”.
He revealed that, “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”.