Two months after shipping Moderna vaccines to Africa’s most populous country, the United States has given 3.6 million doses of the Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria, a local television station said on Thursday.
National Primary Health Care Development Agency boss Faisal Shuaib said on Oct. 5 that Nigeria has received confirmation of receiving 3.57 million doses of Pfizer vaccinations in the next two weeks
According to AIT Television, the cargo landed in Abuja on Thursday. Health officials in Nigeria and the United States could not be contacted for comment right away.
The United States government provided 4 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria in August.
There are alternatives for the nation to obtain or buy vaccines via the COVAX facility so that at least 70% of its people may be immunized.
At this point in time, just around 2.3% of Nigerians (or 2.54 million individuals) have got all three vaccination doses, while 4.7% of the population has received the fourth dosage.
Nigeria has 208,404 confirmed infections and 2,761 confirmed fatalities from COVID-19 so far, despite not doing many tests.
COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca was sent to France last week, while the African Union provided 434,400 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.