The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) will meet today Thursday in an emergency to discuss the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution in the country.
According to a statement by Mr Asishana B Okauru, the Director General of the Forum the meeting commences at 5pm with a a single-item agenda which will discuss the delivery of the Covid 19 vaccines and their distribution.
“The NGF will tomorrow hold an Emergency virtual Meeting tomorrow Thursday 4th March 2021. The meeting is of a single-item agenda which will discuss the delivery of the Covid 19 vaccines and their distribution in the country.
The meeting commences at 5pm according to the invitation to governors issued this evening by the Director General of the Forum Mr Asishana B Okauru. Governors are to begin to join at 4pm” the statement reads.
Federal Government received nearly 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
The arrival marked a historic step towards the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The delivery is part of a first wave of arrivals in Nigeria that will continue in the coming days and weeks.
COVAX shipped 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), from Mumbai to Abuja.
“The UN Country Team in Nigeria reiterates its commitment to support the vaccination campaign in Nigeria and help contain the spread of the virus,” said Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria. “The arrival of these vaccines in Abuja today marks a milestone for the COVAX Facility in its unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.
The arrival of the CIVID-19 vaccine will enable the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to commence the vaccination of Nigerians in priority groups, starting with frontline healthcare workers.
“This is a landmark moment for the country and the COVAX Facility’s mission to help end the acute phase of the pandemic.