Nigeria unveils online portals for registration ahead of the arrival its first batch of the coronavirus vaccine. This was announced on Monday, 1st March, 2021, by Nigeria’s main medical institution, as it expects to receive vaccine that will cater for all its 200 million citizens.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) revealed that Osindeinde Ademilayo Abodede, a worker who was the first to partake in this exercise, is expected to receive her vaccine in Abuja on the 12th of March.
“Our goal is to introduce COVID-19 vaccine in a phased and equitable manner…ultimately vaccinating all eligible Nigerians within the next two years, to ensure herd immunity,” Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Nigeria is expected to receive its 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday. Just behind Ghana and Ivory Coast, Nigeria will become the third West African country to take this bold step.
Over the coming months, Nigeria expects 16 million doses from COVAX, a facility for poor and middle-income countries co-led by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and the World Health Organization, with UNICEF as an implementing partner.
Nigeria aims to inoculate 40% of its population this year and 30% more in 2022. As of Monday, it had recorded 155,657 confirmed cases and 1,907 deaths.