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Japan donates 859,600 AstraZeneca vaccines and 175 solar refrigerators to Nigeria

As Nigeria today celebrates the first anniversary of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to the country through the COVAX facility, efforts are being made to ensure the country meets vaccine delivery targets.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said in a statement yesterday that the country has so far received 67,973,250 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 2,100,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines. purchased by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Approximately 65,873,240 or 96.9% of vaccine doses received came from the COVAX facility.

He revealed that while more than 47 million doses were in the works by the end of the year, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines had been donated by GAVI and the US, UK , Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Norway, Canada, Germany Ireland, Switzerland, India and Japan.

The NPHCDA said the most recent donation of 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 originated in Japan through the COVAX facility and was delivered to the Federal Government through the NPHCDA yesterday, March 2, 2022.

While receiving the vaccines and solar direct-drive refrigerators on behalf of the federal government, NPHCDA Executive Director and CEO Dr. Faisal Shuaib commended the COVAX facility and donors for facilitating the access to COVID-19 vaccines by low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria and commended the Japanese government.

Japan’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, said, “As part of its commitment to ensuring vaccine equity around the world, the Government of Japan is honored to be part of this global immunization effort here. in Nigeria by providing 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

“In addition to providing vaccines, Japan is donating 175 solar-powered direct-drive refrigerators to ensure stable delivery of vaccines to vaccination sites with necessary temperature controls. These efforts are essential to ensure that vaccines reach the people who need them. »

WHO Representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo said: “The donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria, which began a year ago through the COVAX facility, has proven to be beneficial, because we have seen an increase in the number of people protected. of the virus. This is yet another example of how the world is working together to defeat COVID-19.

The Managing Director of Gavi Country Programs, The Vaccine Alliance, Thabani Maphosa, said, “Nigeria was among the first countries to receive COVAX’s COVID-19 vaccines, and has just launched the SCALES strategy. 2.0 to rapidly accelerate vaccination coverage.