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COVID-19 vaccine to arrive Nigeria by the end of January — PTF

The National coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has said the nation is expected to receive its first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month.

Aliyu made the disclosure as a guest on Sunday. Upon receipt of the vaccines, Aliyu said vaccination of the public, especially those that are vulnerable, the elderly and those that are most likely to have a severe illness, will be done. He hinged optimism of scheduled arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine on the PTF’s collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

Aliyu said: “In terms of when it is going to be available, there is a lot of work with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and President Muhammadu Buhari also directed the PTF about two weeks ago to get involved with the nitty-gritty of making sure that the vaccines do come in a timely manner.

“We are expecting the first batch of vaccines possibly towards the end of January, but there’s a lot of work going on with our partners, in particular, Gavi and Nigeria should not be left behind. “The control of the COVID-19 pandemic will rely not only on full compliance with the non-pharmaceutical interventions but also on the availability and acceptance of vaccination programmes.

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