Governors to discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution at emergency meeting
NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Governors Forum has called an emergency virtual meeting that will discuss the distribution of the newly acquired COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines were received on Tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA and Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who was in attendance.
The meeting will commence at 5PM on Thursday, according to the invitation issued Wednesday evening by the Director General of the Forum, Mr Asishana B. Okaru.
The governors are expected to debate the mode of delivery and the distribution ratio of the vaccines across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
Earlier today, Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the NPHCDA, tweeted the readiness of the agency to “start administering doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to frontline health workers.”
Tuesday’s Covid-19 report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has Lagos and the FCT as the two most infected regions in the country.
The NPHCDA said it acquired 3.92million doses of AstraZaneca Covid-19 vaccine, revealed by clinical trials to have an efficacy of 60% to 90%. The acquired doses stand at less than 2% the country’s population.
More than 2.3 million Nigerians have already registered to receive one of the 3.92 million available vaccines, Dr Faisal said on Wednesday. The figure was attained less than 24 hours after the agency launched a website where Nigerians can register for the vaccine and get their pre-vaccination numbers.
Dr Faisal has already ruled out the administration of Covid-19 vaccines to persons lesser than the age of 18. Workers at the frontline are to be prioritised in the process of rolling out vaccines.