Mass vaccination begins in Abuja

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In an attempt to prevent a rise in cases of coronavirus in the country, Nigeria has launched a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Abuja.

This comes after repeated government assurances about the safety of the vaccines.

At Eagle Square, in the country’s capital Abuja, dozens waited to receive the Astra Zeneca and Moderna vaccines. Vaccination sites will also be set up at private health facilities, universities, and shopping malls.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said, “We have been able to secure up to one hundred million doses of the vaccines, we expect that with two doses (that will mean) approximately about fifty million Nigerians (vaccinated) right? What we know is that we are going to be targeting one hundred and twelve million Nigerians that’s around 50% (of the country’s population).

The West African nation which has reported 2,973 deaths since the emergence of the pandemic is aiming to reach herd immunity against the virus.

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