India has gifted Nigeria 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines. This is coming as the most populous nation in Africa is facing shortage of the covid-19 jabs.
The Indian vaccines which is manufactured at the Serum Institute, Pune, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing facility, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, from Mumbai on March 26, 2021.
A statement from the Indian High Commission in Nigeria, explained that the consignment was delivered to the National Primary Health Care Development.
Nigeria, a country of 210 million people, according to the 2021 UN projection, has only taken delivery of 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, for both federal and state governments to administer.
The federal government, over the weekend, directed states to halt the administration of vaccines once they gave out half of the doses allocated to them. The decision was taken, in view of the uncertainty on when next the country can receive another batch of the vaccine.