UN Commits To Supporting COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign In Nigeria

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

United Nations (UN) Country Team in Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to support Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign in Nigeria.
It explained that its intention is to help in containing the spread of the virus.
UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, made the commitment in a news statement dated 2nd March 2021.
“The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by end of 2021,” Kallon said.
He disclosed that COVAX shipped 3.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), from Mumbai, India.
The UN chief explained that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine will enable Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to begin vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with Frontline healthcare workers.
In his remark, Kallon said: “The arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.”

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