The Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has halted the rollout of the second batch of vaccines.
The Director of press, PSC, Willie Bassey, made this known in a statement issued to the Press on Sunday in Abuja.
“This is to announce the postponement of the national flag-off of phase 11 vaccination programme earlier scheduled for Tuesday this week due to unforeseen circumstances,” the statement reads.
According to the statement, a new date for the commencement of the exercise was not given.
Earlier the PSC announced that health staff will begin administering the second batch on Tuesday August 10.
The federal government of Nigeria,On August 1, received
4.08m doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States of America.
The Moderna vaccine had been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
It is the second batch of vaccines received by Nigeria after the country had run out of the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine received from the COVAX facility.
The vaccine doses were received by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on behalf of the federal government and stored at the country’s National Strategic Cold Store near Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Nigeria Centre for recorded a total of 177,615 coronavirus cases and 2,185 fatalities as of August 7, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
– Aminu Kauraly