Nigeria has been recognized as one of the few nations in the world with best response approach to dealing with the COVID19-19 pandemic.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria the fourth-best in the world.
Dr Walter Mulombo, WHO Country Representative revealed this at an event to mark the arrival of the first consignment of 177,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, August 12, in Abuja.
He also said the WHO had on many occasions, commended the government, including the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), for the successful completion of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out with the vaccination of the frontline workers and other priority groups who are at high risk of COVID-19.
According to Mulombo; “We are witnessing the symbolic arrival of 177,600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, another landmark event in Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 pandemic; widely acclaimed by many as one of the most successful so far in the world.
“WHO had on many occasions, commended the government, including the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, for the successful completion of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out with the vaccination of the frontline workers and other priority groups who are at high risk of COVID-19.
“Nigeria’s preparation for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination, involving more resources and logistics, is highly commendable.
“These vaccines are safe and effective and will be the game-changer; but for the foreseeable future, we must continue wearing masks, physically distance and avoid crowds.
“J&J vaccine is highly effective against the Delta variant and against severe disease, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.”
The NPHCDA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Faisal Shuaib, responding said the 177,600 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine are part of the 29,850,000 doses procured from the African Union (AU) through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) platform.
He assured government was committed to a safe and equitable vaccination of all eligible persons in the country.
“The balance of the vaccines will be delivered over the coming months. But we are glad to hear that before the end of August; the total quantity of vaccines that we will be receiving is 1,173,132.
“We have the capacity and capability to store and distribute this vaccine to the point of administration; as we have working freezers in all 36 States plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).” said Shuaib.