– The FG says Nigeria will soon receive some doses of coronavirus vaccine
– However, the country will only be receiving about 100,000 doses
– Meanwhile, some Nigerians have lambasted the federal government for the small amount of doses
In a news that will sadden many Nigerians, the country is set to receive about 100,000 doses of vaccines.
According to the federal government, the doses will be received in two weeks or latest between end of this month and first week of February.
The Guardian reports that the FG indicated plans to commence the vaccination of the first set of 50,000 frontline health workers after pre-qualification by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and safety revalidation by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Going further, the FG said it would vaccinate 40 per cent of Nigerians (80 million) by the end of the year and another 30 per cent (60 million) next year, bringing the number to 70 per cent (that is 140 million) of the country’s estimated population by December next year.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as Nigeria prepares to receive COVID-19 vaccines the FG has put out an advisory to better educate citizens.
The advisory which is in form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), is an initiative of the federal ministry of information and culture, supervised by Alhaji Lai Mohammed and sent to Legit.ng.
The government has also assured Nigerians that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, will be in charge of the evaluation and supervision of the vaccines to ensure they are not harmful to citizens.
Legit.ng had also reported that the federal government has said there will be repercussions for Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and government officials who flout travel protocols as Nigeria battles the second wave of coronavirus.
The warning was issued by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who declared that the authorities will clamp down on officials for failing to obey travel protocols including undergoing compulsory COVID-19 tests after returning to the country.
The government also disclosed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the country at the end of January 2021.
Faisal Shuaib, the head of NPHCDA disclosed that the federal government plans to use the vaccines to inoculate 40% of the population in 2021 and a further 30% in 2022.
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