Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has announced that Nigeria has secured an additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
He disclosed this on Thursday, when he featured on Channels Television PoliticsToday.
He, however, stated that the date of the vaccine’s delivery into the country remains unknown.
Ehanire noted that the additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), a vaccine strategy organised by the African Union, which is chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa.
“A mechanism for the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), of which the minister of health of Nigeria is a member, and the chair is the president of South Africa, was inaugurated in November 2020,” he said.
“At the meeting we had on the 6th of January, it was announced that they had a mix of 270 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines going to be ready, because they are on order.
“Now, we immediately applied for 10 million doses, but at the meeting we had two days ago, the AVATT team announced that they actually had now done allocation according to population.
“Nigeria is allocated 41 million doses of vaccines of three types.”
He also revealed that the procurement of the vaccines for African countries is being financed by the Afrexim bank, and countries are expected to make a refund on a later date.