Nigeria receives 4.4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines from Spain

In this photo illustration a Johnson & Johnson logo is seen in front of a medical syringe and a vial with coronavirus vaccine. Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images
In this photo illustration, a Johnson & Johnson logo is seen in front of a medical syringe and a vial with coronavirus vaccine. (Photo via Getty Images)

Nigeria on Tuesday received 4.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Spain, a government official said.

Head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib said that Nigeria wanted to vaccinate 70 percent of its population and that it was far off the target however, Spain’s donation would help.

According to Shuaib, 23.4 percent of the eligible population had received the first dose of vaccine while 15.8 percent have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nigeria has so far received two million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia with more expected from EU countries.

The West African nation as of Tuesday recorded 255,937 cases of COVID-19 with 3,143 deaths.