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Nigeria To Receive 42 million Vaccine Doses Allocated BY AU, As CACOVID Donates Oxygen

Nigeria To Receive 42 million Vaccine Doses

NIGERIA government will receive more than 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from African Union (AU) that will cover an estimated 45 per cent of the country’s population.

The Federal Government said this on Monday. That Nigeria has subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms, the first being the COVAX facility that will supply members, including Nigeria, vaccines free to cover 20 per cent of the population.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, the health Minister, who said these in Abuja during the weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Osagie said, they have subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms, the first being the COVAX facility that will supply members, including Nigeria, vaccines free of charge, to cover 20 per cent of our population.

There has since been a change that now offers Nigeria 16 million vaccine doses in the first half of the year. The other multilateral platform is the African Union AVATT platform, the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, chaired by the President of South Africa, Mr Ramaphosa.

AVATT has acquired 300 million doses of three types of vaccines which have been offered to African countries, based on population, such that no country is left behind.

Nigeria subscribes to this whole-of-Africa approach that strives to ensure that we are safe and our neighbours are safe. We shall be offered over 42 million doses by AVATT. If all the projected vaccines are supplied, we estimate we should have covered over 45 percent of the population.

Ehanire said in addition to the proposed sources, Nigeria has had bilateral negotiations with Gamaleya of Russia over their Sputnik V vaccine, which they were willing to supply to Nigeria, adding that the Russian vaccine had an efficacy of 91 per cent.

12 states get 1000 CACOVID cylinders of oxygen. Meanwhile, the PTF has also begin the distribution of 1,000 oxygen cylinders donated by the private sector Coalition Against COVID-19 for treatment of patients with severe cases.

The National Incident Manager, PTF, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, who made this known at the briefing, said the cylinders would be shared to 12 states with the highest number of hospitalised patients.

Mukhtar said, the CACOVID is distributing oxygen cylinders as well as regulators and flow meters. About 1,000 cylinders will be distributed to 12 states.

The states include Enugu, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara, Kano, Edo, Kaduna, Anambra, Ogun, Oyo, Borno and Rivers. PTF publishes second list of 100 on travel ban today
Muhammad also announced that the second batch of international passengers who arrived in the country and breached the COVID-19 protocol would be published on Tuesday (today).

Muhammad said, “The PTF will be publishing the list of 100 passengers who have violated the COVID-19 protocol tomorrow (today).

This list has been submitted to the Nigerian Immigration Service and will be available in newspaper.

Some cases of UK COVID-19 variant where also detected in Nigeria. Also, the Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, disclosed that 13 cases of the United Kingdom strain of the virus known as B117 have so far been detected in Nigeria.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said, “The PTF (through the NCDC) is working with the Africa CDC on genomic surveillance. A total of 13 B117 variant strain have so far been detected in Nigeria. Six out of these numbers were detected in the last one week and they all came out of samples collected between November and January.

FG seals Abuja laboratory for issuing fake COVID-19 results
In a related development, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the Federal Government sealed of an Abuja-based laboratory for issuing fake COVID-19 results to international travelers.

He said the development followed an investigation conducted by the government after a media report last year revealed underhand dealings of some laboratories issuing fake results.

Ihekweazu said based on that report, investigation was conducted and the affected laboratory was sealed with the assistance of the Federal Capital Territory Authority.

Again, FG shifts date of National Sports Festival. Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has announced that the date for the 20th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Benin City has again been changed.

He said the change in date was as a result nature of the second wave of COVID-19. The minister also said the festival has been shifted to April without mentioning the specific opening date.

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