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Nigeria administers first COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Ngong Cyprian of the National Hospital Abuja being admistered the first jab of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has commenced vaccination of Frontline Health workers at the National Hospital Abuja.

The first Nigerian to be Vaccinated is Dr. Ngong Cyprian of the National Hospital Abuja.

150 health workers are due to be vaccinated today, Friday.

At the ground breaking of COVID-19 vaccination campaign, our correspondent reported that the flag off was attended by members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the chairman Mr Boss Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“I salute the commitment of all health workers in saving and ensuring the protection of all Nigerians. This is a novel roll-out and the only authorised source is the Federal Government”, Mr. Mustapha said.

Executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaibu described it as a momentous occasion as the country administered its first dose to foremost frontline medical doctor in the fight against COVID-19.

“This is a time for everyone to rally round the government. The vaccines being introduced in Nigeria are safe and effective”, Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila said in his speech.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are to take the jab publicly on Saturday, while State governors are to be vaccinated on Wednesday next week.

3.92 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines arrived the country Tuesday, March 2.

International police, INTERPOL has warned against infiltration of fake vaccines as it arrested a syndicate in South Africa and China.

Emmanuel Kutara

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