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1 million Nigerians get first COVID-19 jab, India donates 100,000 doses

Nearly one million Nigerians have taken the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine.

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Also, 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines pledged by India have been delivered.

Acting Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Velagaleti Surendra, made the presentation on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, and other officials received the donation.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation recalled Nigeria got 3.94 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on March 2, 2021.

He said they represented the first tranche of about 16 million doses allocated to the country through the COVAX facility.

The aim is to vaccinate an initial 20 percent of the population; more vaccines are expected from the African Union’s Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).

The SGF said the Covishield vaccines will further boost the number of Nigerians to be vaccinated by about 50,000.

Mustapha confirmed that 963,802 persons had received the first jab as at April 5.

“The overarching objective is to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s population between 2021 and 2022″, he noted.

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