The Presidential Task on COVID-19 says Nigeria is set to get 1.4 million doses of vaccines donated by Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), a major telecommunications company operating in Nigeria.
Speaking at the National Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the first part of the 1.4 million doses would be delivered by the end of February, while the rest would be delivered by the end of March 2021.
The Ministry of Health also engaged The Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), who informed us of the free allocation of 1.4 million doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines, of which 500,000 doses are expected by the end of this month, courtesy of MTN donation of seven million doses to Africa.
Ehanire also revealed another donation of 100,000 doses of vaccines from Indian Government.
Also speaking on the Russian and Indian vaccines under the scrutiny of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the minister said “some of them are nearly ready for results.
The government will not be responsible for the safety or efficacy of vaccines given outside the framework of the government.
The minister also added that two officials each of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning at Afrexim Bank as a requirement for access to vaccines on that platform which will give Nigeria access to a much larger portfolio and variety of vaccines.