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COVID-19: Lagos tops vaccine allocation with 507,000 doses

As Nigeria begins allocation of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Lagos State, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, led others with 507,000 doses.

In a statement Tuesday, the Lagos Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, said the vaccine had immediately been transferred to the state cold chain facilities for safe storage and inventory management.

“The first consignment of 507,000 Astra Zeneca COVID-19 COVAX vaccine provided by the Federal Government arrived in Lagos at 5.00am today. The vaccine doses have been transferred from the airport to our state cold chain facilities for safe storage and inventory management.

“The Federal Government Phase 1 rollout plan, which is targeting frontline and essential personnel, will be communicated in the next few days. Additional consignments are expected.

“Details of the vaccine rollout will be clearly articulated to the public by the Incident Commander, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has inaugurated a multi-stakeholder COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Distribution Committee chaired by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Katsina state are the recipient of second and third largest consignment with about 219, 800 and 160,000 doses respectively.

Nigeria last week received  3.94 million doses of the  vaccine from  COVAX facility, an initiative co-led by the Vaccine Alliance, GAVI and the World Health Organisation.

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