By Babajide Okeowo
Nigeria’s fight against the deadly COVID 19 virus will receive a boost as the Federal Government will receive over 3.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States. This, the FG says is part of measures to ensure all Nigerians get vaccinated against the virus.
The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made this known while briefing reporters in Abuja. He disclosed that notable progress is being made in the area of vaccines.
“Over 3.5 million doses of Pfizer are being expected from the US Government this month while about four million doses of AstraZeneca are being expected early next month,” he said.
“Nigeria will be receiving over one million doses of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) shipments on a monthly basis. The PSC is committed to accessing enough vaccines for the 70% eligible persons in the country in record time.”
Mustapha said the PSC has taken note of the challenges raised by travellers who visit the National International Travel Portal in compliance with travel protocols.
He lamented that some airport staff were not diligent in the discharge of their duties with respect to the quarantine procedure.
According to him, the PSC “has similarly noted with dismay, fraudulent activities perpetrated at our international airports by on-duty staff, who extort money out of those who equally wish to evade quarantine requirements.”
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, explained that the authorities are conducting the necessary investigations into various reports received.
He added, “On the United Kingdom advisory on COVID-19 vaccines and changes to international travel rules, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria has stated that the UK government, of course, supports the vaccination programme in the country with vaccines irrespective of where they were manufactured.
“They will, however, open up international travels using a standardised COVID-19 vaccination certification process, to allow for ease of travels from countries – Nigeria inclusive.”