Nigeria expects to acquire COVID-19 vaccines by January

File: Vaccine ready for application against SARS-COV-2. Getty Images
Vaccine ready for application against SARS-COV-2. Gtty Images

The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it is possible for the country to procure COVID-19 vaccines by the end of January 2021, but officials do not yet know which one they will get.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told reporters the country signed up with the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization for immediate access to vaccines once they are available.

Nigeria is in also talks with vaccine manufacturers as well as teams in Britain and Russia, Ehanire said, adding that the United Arab Emirates was introducing the country to the makers of a Chinese vaccine that UAE officials had tested.

Nigeria does not at present have many facilities that can store the Pfizer/BioNTech shot, which must be kept at minus 70 Celsius, Ehanire said.

The minister had earlier announced that the government would receive 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 75,000 cases have been detected in Nigeria so far while 1,200 people have died due to the virus.


Story compiled with assistance from wire reports