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Governors, deputies to take Covid -19 vaccine on March 9.

By Agbenu Oyale, Abuja

This is contained in their communique after an emergency virtual meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum today .

Recall that Nigeria received its first batch of about four doses of AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Nigeria on Thursday received its share of the second consignment of COVID-19 medical supplies procured by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), for the benefit of all ECOWAS Member States.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, the Director-General of WAHO, Stanley Okolo, said the donation was part of the organisation’s mandate to support ECOWAS countries in their national health response.

Mr Okolo noted that the medical supplies worth over $18 million will be distributed to 15 West Africa countries including Nigeria.

He said the supplies will support countries in the fight against the COVID-19 virus even as Nigeria has received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

“The provision of critical medical supply to aid the fight against the pandemic is one of the contributions we make towards achieving the regional health agenda at WAHO,” he said.

“We at WAHO have set up ourselves to support both strategically and operationally. Vaccines are now beginning to arrive, and that in itself is a very good thing.”

He noted that WAHO has over half a million diagnostic test kits to be distributed to African countries.

Some of the distributed supplies include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), oxygen tube, extension, PCR tubes, and Oxygen concentrator flow splitter.

Receiving the Items on behalf of the Nigerian government, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said authorities will ensure the supplies are well distributed.

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