The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confirmed that Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is safe for use in Nigeria.
Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie, gave this information in the early hours of Friday, March 5, 2021. He said that the launching of the vaccine would have been canceled if NAFDAC did not give the final go-ahead.
“The long-awaited day is here in which Nigerians can now join the global community to be vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus, he said.”
Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country received nearly four million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on Tuesday, March 2, and the vaccine underwent a 48-hour test after arriving in the country.
Vaccinations are scheduled to start today Friday with healthcare and front-line workers to be the first to be inoculated. The AZD1222 vaccine against COVID-19 has an efficacy of 63.09% against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University,
Nigeria has recorded 156,017 cases and 1,915 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
We urge everyone to still adhere to WHO guidelines on the preventives measures against COVID-19. Wear a face mask, keep physical distancing, wash hands, maintain good hygiene, avoid crowds, and ensure good ventilation.