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COVID-19: Japan donates 859,600 AstraZeneca vaccine

Japanese government has donated over 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 175 Solar Direct Drive Refrigerators to the Federal government.

They made the donation to the National Primary Healthcare Development, NPHCDA in Abuja

It’s been One year since the 1st arrival of covid19 vaccine to Nigeria, which was met with a lot of uncertainty and misconceptions, However with the solidarity around the world, vaccines are now readily available as the nation has received a lot of donations from other countries and development partners.

Donating over 800k doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 175 Solar Direct Drive Refrigerators, Japanese ambassadors to Nigeria, Mr Matsunaga kazuyoshi said this was the 3rd Japanese vaccine to African region.

The ambassador explained that the peculiarity of power supply in Nigeria which could affect the storage of vaccines engineered the supply of refrigerators to help the proper storage system of vaccine

The Executive Director NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib who received the item Said it would boost the bilateral relationship btw Nigeria and Japan.

He thanked the Japan government for the support stating that the refrigerators would help Keep vaccines potent for childhood immunization.

The world health organization, country representative Dr Kazadi Mulombo Congratulated Nigeria for over the scale up of vaccination to 200k doses daily aimed at reaching the 70% target of its population by June.

Reporting by Nancy AnikaEzie, Editing by Tola Oguneye