The British authorities has donated a recent batch of 592,880 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria, as a part of the over 5 million doses pledged to 11 African international locations.
“I’m so happy to see Nigeria obtain an additional 592,880 doses donated by the UK, which brings the entire this month to 1,292,640 doses.
“This may assist Nigeria meet its pressing want for vaccines. Solely by vaccinating extra folks all over the world, can we deliver an finish to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic,” based on the British Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Gill Atkinson.
A press release by the Excessive Fee on Friday mentioned the extra donation to Nigeria introduced the entire variety of vaccine doses donated by the UK to 1,292,640.
It mentioned the donation to Nigeria and different international locations in Africa, was a part of UK authorities’s broader plan to distribute 100 million vaccine doses the world over.
“The UK has pledged to share 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the COVAX Facility, as a part of a broader pledge to share 100 million doses with the remainder of the world.
“At the moment, Nigeria acquired one other 592,880 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, donated to Nigeria by the UK through the COVAX facility.
“This newest batch is a part of the 9 million COVID-19 vaccines the UK has donated all over the world, because the finish of July.
“Recipient international locations embrace Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Senegal, Egypt, Ethiopia and Pakistan,” the assertion learn.
In line with the excessive fee, 80 per cent of the 100 million vaccines pledged by the UK, shall be distributed utilizing the COVAX facility, with 30 million attributable to be despatched by the tip of 2021.
The UK led the worldwide response to COVID-19 with the supply of 548 million Kilos to fund vaccines for decrease revenue international locations.
“Up to now, the COVAX facility has delivered greater than 152 million vaccine doses to over 137 international locations and territories, together with 83 lower-middle revenue international locations.
“COVAX goals to ship 1.8 billion vaccines to lower-income international locations by early 2022. The UK additionally invested 90 million Kilos to help growth of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Over a billion doses of the vaccine have been delivered at a non-profit worth globally, with two-thirds going to lower- and middle-income international locations,” it mentioned.
Seth Berkley, Chief Govt Officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, mentioned the newest cargo meant that extra folks would profit from the life-saving vaccines.
Mr Berkley thanked the UK authorities for its help for COVAX and its goal to ensure probably the most weak are protected in opposition to the virus.