The Japanese government has donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria.
The donation was made through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, said the donations were made as part of its commitment to ensure vaccine equity around the world.
Kazuyoshi said the Japanese government is honored to be a part of this global vaccination effort in Nigeria by providing 859,600 doses of vaccines.
He noted that the Solar Dircet Drive refrigerators will ensure stable delivery of vaccines to vaccination sites, with the necessary temperature controls.
He said these efforts are key to ensure vaccines get to the people who need them.
“These vaccines will help save lives, protect livelihoods, and heal economies currently affected by the pandemic”.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said the Japanese government also donated 175 Solar Direct Drive (SDD) refrigerators to aid COVID-19 response in the country.
Shuaib said today also marks the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine delivered to Nigeria.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Japan through the COVAX facility has donated 859,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 175 Solar Direct drive Refrigerators to aid COVID-19 response in Nigeria,” he said
In his remarks, WHO country representative, Walter Mulombo, said the donation of the COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria, which began one year ago, has proven to be beneficial.
Mr Mulombo said the country has witnessed an increase in the number of people protected from the severity of the deadly virus.
“This is yet another example of how the world is working together to defeat COVID-19,” he said.