The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, on Monday said Nigeria might take delivery of its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines between now and next week Monday.
“The information we have is that we are likely to get the vaccines within one week.
What that means is that we may get them between now and next Monday.
But we will not give specific day of arrival until we get such information from the manufacturers,” Shuaib said.
The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, cautioned Nigerians against patronising black market out of desperation to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We therefore plead for patience and vigilance. We also plead with Nigerians not to procure uncertified vaccines from the black market,” he said.
He also warned that decisions made by leaders and citizens will determine the level of success in tackling the acute phase.
He said that the PTF has been assured that Nigeria would receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines very soon and Nigerians would be adequately informed on developments.
“The multi-sectoral machinery will be deployed to enhance the logistics to the ‘last-mile administration’ processes that have been put in place.
“This will involve community mobilisation, training, transportation, storage and operations, among others. The real work involves every sub-national entities, the communities, the citizens, and the civil societies”, Mustapha said.