World Health Organisation’s Representative in Nigeria, Dr. W. Kazadi Mulombo, on Saturday said COVID-19 vaccines for the country would soon arrive.
He was responding to a speculations that Nigeria had been left out of the list of African countries to benefit from the distribution of the vaccines.
The reports claimed that Nigeria was disqualified due to poor power supply and inadequate storage facilities.
In two tweets, he explained: “WHO is part of Covax facility and can never disqualify a Member State from accessing an approved vaccine for their population. I call upon members of the press in Nigeria and globally to contribute to fighting misinformation @WHONigeria.
“Earlier, I emphasized @WHO’s stand in ensuring equitable distribution of the #COVID19 #vaccines across the world and in Nigeria as one of the AMC countries. Covid19 vaccines portfolio growing, and 🇳🇬 is set to receive its first share this month @WHONigeria.”
Aljazeera reports that countries will receive doses in proportion to population size, with the most going to India (97.2 million), Pakistan (17.2 million), Nigeria (16 million), Indonesia (13.7 million), Bangladesh (12.8 million) and Brazil (10.6 million).
The report adds: ”
Wealthy self-financing countries were on the list in addition to lower-income nations, including South Korea (2.6 million doses), Canada (1.9 million) and New Zealand (250,000).
The distribution list includes 240 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, licensed to the Serum Institute of India (SII); 96 million doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine; and 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only one so far to have received emergency use approval from the World Health Organization (WHO). Evaluation is under way for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. Both require two injected doses.”