The United Kingdom has donated 7,00,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to Nigeria. On Monday, UK gave the delivery of 6,99,760 doses of vaccine. The UK government has pledged to share 80 million doses of vaccine with COVAX.
Due to the unavailability of the vaccine, those who took the first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine were not able to take the second jab which was mandatory. The delivery took place through the COVAX facility which is an initiative aimed at equitable distribution of vaccines globally. The vaccine was unveiled by the Nigerian government at the country’s National Strategic Cold Store near Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja which is the Federal Capital territory.
The first phase of vaccination was on March 5 for Nigerians. They have received approximately four million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Later the first phase ended abruptly due to exhaustion of the vaccine. Over 3.9 million eligible people were vaccinated across 36 states and FCT.
1,77,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine were also received by the country from the African Union.