On Tuesday, the Federal Government announced that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would be shipped at 3.92 million doses by end of July or the beginning of August.
This was announced at a press conference in Abuja by Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Centre.
He said, “Now we have knowledge that by the end of July or early August Nigeria would get a dose of 3.92 million Oxford-AstraZeneca.
“We will provide an update on schedules and details as we receive additional information on the exact dates in August.’
It is also found that the Indian version of the B.1.617.2 delta is 92% susceptible to Oxford – AstraZeneca, according to recent research from Public Health England.
He added, “The vaccine used in Nigeria can therefore protect against this variant which has caused high morbidity and mortality in India. It’s, therefore, comforting to know.
“Nevertheless, it underlines that we need more Nigerians to ramp up our vaccination.”