Nigeria to Limit First AstraZeneca Doses Due to Supply Concerns

The Nigerian government has directed all states to halt Covid-19 vaccinations, once they utilise half of the doses allocated to them in order to safeguard supply for the second dose. The directive came amid concerns over when Nigeria would get another shipment of the shots after India put a temporary hold on all major exports. Nigeria commenced the Covid-19 vaccination in March 2021, after having received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX, an UN-backed effort that promises access to vaccines for up to 20% of participating countries' population. The vaccinations started with healthcare workers who are at the forefront of the Covid-19 fight. Nigeria hopes to receive up to 70 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines this year through the AU. Nigeria has recorded at least 163,440 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 153,788 recoveries and over 2,058 fatalities. 

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