The Nigerian government says it plans to vaccinate 70 percent of the country’s 209 million population before the end of 2022.
Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha stated this on Monday at a media briefing while highlighting the response in the last one year since Nigeria recorded its index case of the virus.
While the country is expected to take delivery of about 4 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX facility on Tuesday, Mr Mustapha said the vaccines offer a ray of hope.
“Ladies and gentlemen, with the arrival of vaccines, we have entered the phase of the NPIs plus vaccines phase of the national response. As you have all heard, we shall receive four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow, Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,” Mr Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said.
“This development offers a huge ray of hope that comes with its own challenges and responsibilities for all Nigerians. We must all be prepared to take responsibility.