US donates over 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria

The United States has hinted that 3,577,860 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to Nigeria.

U.S said the move is a continuation of its partnership with the federal government to combat the COVID-19 scourge in the country.

In a statement, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria said that the arrival of the vaccine on Thursday would enhance Nigerians’ access to the medication while promoting public health.

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The current shipment brings the total number of U.S.-bilaterally donated doses to Nigeria to over 7.5 million.

According to the statement, the United States also contributed to the first multilateral donation of the AstraZeneca vaccine in March 2021, with COVAX providing over 10 million doses of the vaccine to the country, to date.

The US Mission to Nigeria added that “safe and effective vaccines are our best tool to ending the pandemic; noting that the United States “has pledged to purchase and donate 1.1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide, and to date has delivered more than 180 million doses to more than 100 countries.

“The United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic.”

It further revealed that “to date, the U.S. government has provided $130 million of support to Nigeria’s Ministry of Health and Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, as it is “looking forward to continued coordination with Nigeria and its Center for Disease Control to deliver life-saving doses across the country through the COVAX initiative.”

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