France donated over 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Nigeria

The French government has donated 501,600 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Nigeria. The vaccines were received by the Nigerian government and have been stored in the nation’s National Strategic Cold Store.

The Store is located near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja FCT. The vaccines came in through the COVAX facility, is an initiative aimed at offering equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines. It is an alliance between Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEP) as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help accelerate the development, manufacture and deployment of the Covid-19 vaccines.

The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib said, “France has not only been a dependable development ally to Nigeria but has been quite brotherly in all ramifications. The donation of half a million doses of AstraZeneca to Nigeria is a demonstration of France’s confidence in Nigeria’s capability as an active and progressive partner in the global fight to end the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The vaccine storage facilities are said to be efficiently run and well maintained according Mr. Faisal. He stated that standards are not compromised in terms of the logistical requirements for the effective management and utilisation of all Covid-19 vaccines available in Nigeria.

There have been over 200,000 reported cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria with around 2,700 deaths. Nearly 5 million people in Nigeria, representing under 2.5% of the population, have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Over 2 million Nigerians are fully vaccinated.

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