The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India(SII) and shipped via the COVAX Facility have arrived in the country.

The vaccines arrived around 11.56am on Tuesday, via an Emirates airline.

Emirate airline with COVID19 Vaccine

On ground to receive the vaccine were here officials from the NCDC, Health Ministries among others.

Officials at the Abuja airport to receive the Vaccine
Health Officials

The UN system said the arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what would be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.

It said the delivery was part of the first wave of arrivals in Nigeria that would continue in the coming days and weeks.

Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, reiterated the commitment of the UN to support the vaccination campaign in the country and help contain the spread of the virus.

“The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.

“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine will enable the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to commence the vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with frontline healthcare workers,” he said.

The COVAX Facility is expected to deliver around 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the African region in the first quarter of 2021 and has committed to providing up to 600 million doses to the region by the end of 2021 to cover 20 per cent of the population.