The FG (federal government) says COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be rolled out from late March or April 2021.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire made this known on Monday at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing in Abuja.
He said the quantity of Covid-19 Vaccine ordered from AVATT of the Africa Union Commission will depend on the country’s capacity to dispense them to avoid wastage.
The minister disclosed that Nigeria is exploring all options to ensure the vaccination of 70 percent of Nigerians 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 noted that apart from the 100,000 doses allocated as the first wave to Nigeria by the COVAX facility, the government also placed orders for 10 million doses through the AVATT.
“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.
BREAKING: Gambo Takes Over As Chief Of Naval Staff
Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has taken over Command as the 21st indigenous Chief of Naval Staff.
Gambo was born on 22 April 1966 and hails from Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
He enlisted into the Nigerian Navy in 1984 as a member of the Regular Course 36 and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in 1988.
Outgoing CNS, Vice Admiral Ibot Ekwe-Ibas, charged Gambo to sustain pressure on oil thieves and secure the nation’s maritime sector.
BREAKING: President Buhari Finally Sacks Buratai, Other Service Chiefs, Appoints Attahiru, Irabor
President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, President Buhari has finally sacked the service chiefs with immediate effect.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser On Media and Publicity to President Buhari made this known in a tweet on Tuesday.
Femi Adesina wrote, “PMB appoints new Service Chiefs. Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS, Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Alao, Air Force.
“He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”
Those affected are Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and
– Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
Buhari urged the new Service Chiefs to “be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities”.
BREAKING: Federal Government Set To Impose Fresh Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown
Federal Government Set To Impose Fresh Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown, Federal Government said it will be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of COVID-19 infections continues to spike.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVIF-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Friday during a media briefing in Abuja.
Aliyu said the rising Coronavirus infections was a source of concern and might require a fresh lockdown.
He said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.”
Also, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.
“On the 6th of January 2021, we recorded 1,664 infections. This is yet another all-time high in Nigerian and we must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”