The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said Nigeria will receive the first tranche of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the PTF, disclosed this while speaking to journalists on Saturday.
According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the country will receive the first shipment of 3,924,000 million doses of Oxford-AstraZenca COVUD-19 vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organization (WHO) backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the globe.
He said: “I can assure you that the vaccines are coming and they are coming very quickly barring any change in the delivery plan that has been released to us by UNICEF.
“We believe that our vaccines should depart India on the 1st of March, 2021 at 10:30 pm and arrive in Abuja on the 2nd of March by 11:10 am.”
Earlier in the month, Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, said Nigeria will be getting the COVAX vaccine in March.
The expected arrival of the vaccine is coming just one year after Nigeria confirmed its first case of the virus.
Since the disease was first reported in the country on February 27, 2020, 155,417 cases of the disease have been confirmed with 133,256 discharged and 1,905 deaths recorded.