President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Yemi Osinbajo will be amongst the first set of Nigerians to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses on Saturday.
This follows the delivery of 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria on Tuesday. The consignment is part of the first batch of the 16 million expected through the World Health Organisation-led COVAX facility.
According to the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, leaders will be at the treatment centre of the National Hospital on Friday, where the first vaccination site will be set up to commence the vaccination of frontline health workers and support staff. On Saturday, key strategic leaders will receive the first dose of the vaccine.
A few vials of the vaccines have been handed over to the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) team for analysis between today and tomorrow.
The government is expecting 129 million vaccine doses to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population within two years.