Caution Urged Before Arrival of Covid-19 Vaccine in Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation with over 200 million inhabitants, has at February 2, 2021, seen 131,918 infections, 106,275 recoveries and 1,607 deaths. The government has been in negotiations for vaccines and will take delivery of 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines before the end of February 2021, an official has said. According to Nike Adebowale for Premium Times, this will replace the initial 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech approved vaccines that was expected in the country. Meanwhile, the government has announced the mandatory wearing of face masks in public and are urging citizens to sanitise and wash hands regularly, and practice social distancing, to avert future lockdowns. The Presidential Task Force is warning that "Nigerians must immediately come to grips with the stark reality that the Covid-19 pandemic is real, not over, and that the second wave of the infection presently ravaging the world, poses a greater danger than the first wave". This as it also urged citizens not to travel to Kogi State where Governor Yahaya Bello has reportedly called the virus a "common cold" and where safety regulations are not being implemented. The government has extended its search for vaccines to India and Russia, so that the target of vaccinating 40% of the population by the end of 2021 can be met.


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