Experts worry over challenges as Nigeria rolls out vaccines


COVID-19: Experts worry over challenges as Nigeria rolls out vaccines

Logistics gaps, security issues, vaccination apathy top list

FG awaits additional 42m doses from Africa Union

By Sola Ogundipe & Gabriel Olawale

With the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign weekend in Nigeria, the plan to vaccinate over 70 percent of the population between 2020 and 2021 began in earnest.

The roll-out began at the National Hospital Abuja following a positive outcome of the final assessment by the  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.

Last Tuesday, Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, being the first shipment of 16 million doses allocated to the country through the COVAX Facility to vaccinate 20 percent of the population.

Phases of the roll-out of the vaccines

In February, the Federal government had explained that the vaccine doses will be rolled out in four phases.

The first-phase recipients are the front-line health workers because of their high risk of exposure.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper