The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire has stated that the February deadline for the arrival of vaccines is no longer possible.
He said Nigeria is expecting the COVID-19 vaccines from three donor sources, which should satisfy the need of the country without having to procure more.
He said the country is expecting supplies from COVAX facilitated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) set up by the African Union.
West African neighbour, Ghana became the first African country on Tuesday to receive AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.
“Now, you can see that all of these are coming from various sources but put together, they almost satisfy our needs so that we don’t really need to go procure. But the question is, when are they delivering? That is not in our hands. It is the hand of the person who is bringing it to us,” Ehanire said.
“We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations.
“We want to immunise about 60 to 70% of our population. If COVAX immunises 20, then we have about 40 to 50 to immunise within the next two years. So, we have to pay for that minus any donations that we get like the MTN donation. For example, all those ones reduce the quantities that we have to purchase or any other that in future are given to us free of charge.