The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Tuesday, held a reception ceremony for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the country.
The ceremony, which held at the VIP Protocol section, General Aviation Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was organised by the CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaibu.
Other attendees of the ceremony include the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
Earlier, the CEO of NPHCDA , a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health, had said, “There is going to be a small ceremony chaired by the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 to receive the vaccine at the VIP Protocol section, General Aviation Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“At the end of the ceremonies to mark the arrival of the vaccines, a few vials of the vaccines would be handed over to the NAFDAC team which they will analyze over a period of two days (Wednesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 4th).”
Fedredsnews had earlier reported that Nigeria received nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
COVAX shipped 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, arrived from Mumbai to Abuja around 11.30 am on Tuesday.