Abuja, 2 March 2021 – Right now, Nigeria got nearly 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, shipped by skill of the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
The appearance marked a historic step towards the aim to make certain equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what’s going to be the most effective vaccine procurement and present operation in historical previous. The birth is portion of a first wave of arrivals in Nigeria that will continue within the arriving days and weeks.
COVAX shipped 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), from Mumbai to Abuja.
“The UN Nation Team in Nigeria reiterates its commitment to purple meat up the vaccination campaign in Nigeria and lend a hand possess the spread of the virus,” said Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria. “The appearance of these vaccines in Abuja right this moment marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to ship no longer no longer as much as 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the waste of 2021.”
The appearance of the CIVID-19 vaccine will enable the Nationwide Primary Health Care Trend Company (NPHCDA) to commence the vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with frontline healthcare workers.
“That is a landmark 2d for the nation and the COVAX Facility’s mission to lend a hand waste the intense portion of the pandemic by enabling equitable secure entry to to these vaccines the arena over. We’re elated to peep Nigeria is amongst the first receiving the doses from COVAX, thanks to the gorgeous level of preparedness save in put by the Authorities of Nigeria,” said Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director for Nation Programmes at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “Gavi seems forward to these vaccines being made readily accessible to the oldsters most at risk, as soon as seemingly, and to making sure that routine immunization products and services for utterly different life-threatening infections are moreover delivered to wait on some distance from utterly different disease outbreaks.”
Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Advisor in Nigeria, said: “It’s miles heart-warming to peek this epoch-making match and WHO needs to congratulate the manager of Nigeria for its participation within the area vaccine collaboration (COVAX) efforts and its commitment to keeping Nigerians towards this pandemic.
In accordance to him, “Vaccines are a excessive recent procedure within the fight towards COVID-19; due to this truth, that is a step within the correct route. These vaccines maintain undergone rigorous regulatory processes at world and nation level and were deemed protected and efficient.”
The COVAX Facility is expected to ship spherical 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the African Plot within the first quarter of 2021 and has dedicated to offering as much as 600 million doses to the gap by waste-2021 to duvet 20 per cent of the population.
“After a twelve months of disruptions as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, right this moment we maintain a good time the efforts being made in getting the vaccine to Nigeria. With extra than 150,000 Nigerians contaminated with the virus and over 1,800 lives lost, the path to restoration for the oldsters of Nigeria can finally commence,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Nigeria Nation Advisor.
“That is a extremely well-known occasion – the appearance of the COVID-19 vaccines into Nigeria is excessive in curbing the pandemic. The smartly suited skill out of this crisis is to create definite vaccinations are readily accessible to all.”
The COVAX Facility thanks the governments, basis and utterly different donors who contributed to organising this milestone happen – alongside with the beneficiant purple meat up of the European Commission, countries of the European Union, Japan, the UK and the US. For a stout listing of donors, please gaze right here.
For a entire lot of months, COVAX companions were supporting governments and companions in readiness efforts, in preparation for this 2d. They’ve been particularly active in working with some of the arena’s poorest countries: these that will secure pleasure within the Intention Market Commitment (AMC), an modern financial mechanism to lend a hand right world and equitable secure entry to for COVID-19 vaccines. This entails helping with the near of nationwide vaccination plans, purple meat up for cool chain infrastructure, as smartly as stockpiling of half of a billion syringes and security boxes for their disposal, masks, gloves and utterly different instruments to create definite there is adequate instruments for smartly being workers to commence vaccinating priority groups as soon as seemingly.
In recount for doses to be delivered to COVAX Facility participants by skill of this fundamental allocation spherical, a entire lot of excessive pieces can maintain to be in put, alongside with confirmation of nationwide regulatory authorisation criteria associated to the vaccines delivered, indemnification agreements, nationwide vaccination plans from AMC participants, as smartly as utterly different logistical components equivalent to export and import licenses.
As participants fulfil the above criteria and finalise readiness preparations, COVAX points elevate orders to the manufacturer and ships and delivers doses by skill of an iterative route of. This implies deliveries for the first spherical of allocation are taking put on a rolling basis and in tranches.
COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF, the World Bank, civil society organisations, producers, and others. COVAX is portion of the Access to COVID-19 Instruments (ACT) Accelerator, a ground-breaking world collaboration to stagger pattern, production, and equitable secure entry to to COVID-19 assessments, treatments, and vaccines.
COVAX has built a various portfolio of vaccines correct for a ramification of settings and populations, and is heading within the correct route to meet its purpose of turning in no longer no longer as much as 2 billion doses of vaccine to collaborating countries all the way in which throughout the globe in 2021, alongside with out a longer no longer as much as 1.3 billion donor-funded doses to the 92 lower-profits COVAX Facility participants supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC.
JEAN BAPTISTE, Anne Eudes. Email: jeana [at] who.int; Tel: +234 813 173 6281