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Spain donates 4.4 million doses of covid-19 vaccine to Nigeria

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Nigeria has received 4.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Spain, a government official said on Tuesday.

At the brief ceremony to mark the formal delivery of the vaccines by the Spanish government, Executive Director, National Primary HealthCare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said 29,651,708 eligible persons had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. This, he said represented 23.4% of the eligible population.

Nigeria has already received 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia with more expected from EU countries. 

Dr Faisal Shuaib said Nigeria was yet to meet it’s target of vaccinating 70% of its population, but noted that Spain’s donation would help.

Nigeria has recorded 255,937 confirmed cases as of Tuesday with 3,143 deaths.

Reporting by Muzha Kucha