The federal government says it is planned that the COVID-19 vaccine will be phased out in Nigeria by late March or April 2021.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire made this clear at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing in Abuja on Monday.
He said the quantity ordered from the Africa Union Commission’s AVATT would depend on the ability of the country to distribute it to prevent wastage.
The minister announced that Nigeria is exploring all ways to ensure 70 percent of Nigerians are receive the COVID-19 vaccine by 2023.
“We are negotiating with many parties and planning for flawless execution using recent experience from polio eradication in the face of a global scramble for vaccines,” Ehanire said.
He observed that apart from the 100,000 doses allocated to Nigeria by the COVAX facility as the first wave, the government had put orders via the AVATT for 10 million doses.
“Nigeria has an indigenous vaccine candidate which will require considerable investment to get through trials. We shall seek sponsorship to take the initiative further”, Ehanire added.