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Nigeria set for mass COVID-19 vaccination drive



AS THE nation expects another 60 million doses of vaccines, Nigeria will start a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign before weekend.

  Federal government indicated the new policy yesterday during the daily press briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja.

   Explaining that the policy aims to inoculate half of its targeted population by the end of January, government said Nigeria has a goal to vaccinate 111 million people to reach herd immunity.

  Under the initiative to start on Friday, 55 million doses or more than a million a day will be administered. The country has to date vaccinated only 2.9 per cent of those eligible to get vaccines while the plan will see vaccine sites set up at private health facilities, universities, colleges, stadiums, motor parks and shopping malls among other venues.

  Government also said it has enough vaccines in the pipeline to vaccinate about 50 per cent of the target population by the end of January 2022, adding that efforts are being made to secure booster shots “so as to build a healthy level of antibodies.”

   It will be recalled that Nigeria received about 5 million AstraZeneca shots last month from the COVAX global-sharing facility, both purchases and donations and also had commitments for 11.99 million and 12.2 million doses of Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines respectively, having purchased nearly 40 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, which would be coming in batches.

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