The United Nations Children Education Fund,UNICEF has welcomed the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria describing it as a historical moment.

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative, emphasised the importance of vaccines, adding that the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Nigeria was critical in curbing the pandemic.

“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today we celebrate the efforts being made in getting the vaccine to Nigeria.

“With more than 150,000 Nigerians infected with the virus and over 1,800 lives lost, the path to recovery for the people of Nigeria can finally begin.

“This is a very significant occasion and the only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available to all,” Hawkins said.

In a tweet UNICEF said ” Nigeria has just received its first wave of #COVID19 vaccines. The 4 million doses procured through COVAX is a historic step toward our goal to ensure equitable distribution of #COVID19 vaccines globally.

This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure everyone has access to vaccines.”

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