After a long wait and speculations on the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, also Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 has announced that the first batch of the vaccines will arrive on 2nd March 2021.
He said this during a television programme monitored in Abuja on Saturday 27th March 2021.
“I can assure you that the vaccines are coming and they are coming very quickly barring any change in the delivery plan that has been released to us by UNICEF. We believe that our vaccines should depart India on March 1 by 10:30pm in the night and arrive Abuja, Nigeria at about 11:10am in the morning on March 2.” Mustapha said.
Mustapha said that the vaccines were from COVAX and that it would be 4 million doses of the vaccines that would arrived on Tuesday.
He stated that 84 million free doses were expected in total from the COVAX facility which would serve to treat 20% of the population.
Another batch of vaccines are expected to be distributed from the African Vaccine Action Team (AVAT) which would comprise of 41 million doses.
Mustapha added further that Nigeria was well prepared to receive the vaccines in terms of its storage for use and hoped that the institutions would deliver on time.
He stressed that Nigerians should continue to adhere to the protocols set in place to curb the transmission of the virus.