Nigeria is billed to get 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccine in March, the country’s Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said on Thursday.
The minister who revealed this in a statement said the vaccines add to 100,000 expected doses of Pfizer vaccine, he said.
He, however, did not specify which type of vaccine would be used for the 10 million doses.
Ehanire was unclear about the funding, whether the batch would be financed by the African Union or as part of COVAX, which links the World Health Organization with private partners to work for pooled procurement and equitable distribution.
Currently, Nigeria as the most populous nation in Africa, with over 200 million people, has some 104,000 Covid-19 cases, of which 1,382 have died.
These figures may be below the actual incidence due majorly to the poor testing and apathy to adherence to the coronavirus protocols.
Since November 2020, there has been a sharp rise in infections notably in the economic capital Lagos, a city of about 20 million people and the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The government recently announced that they hope to vaccinate 40 percent of the population in the year 2021.
But the challenges of transporting and storing vaccines for many millions of people are enormous in a country where adequate hospital facilities are lacking