The first batch of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad disclosed this via Twitter on Tuesday.
It was gathered that 3.92 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
The vaccine was manufactured by the Serum Institute of India from Mumbai to Abuja.
A video shared online by The PUNCH showed officials at the airport taking delivery of the vaccines.
Live: Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria https://t.co/jNL3EXLNQm
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) March 2, 2021
In anticipation of its arrival, however, the presidential task force on COVID-19 had organised a reception ceremony.
A banner with details of the ceremony is circulating online and it was reportedly put up by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency
See the banner below;
Some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react.
This might be the maddest thing ever.
Everything is grandeur and pomp
— Morris Monye
(@Morris_Monye) March 2, 2021
The "warm" reception alone would denature the vaccines cos they need to be stored in a very cold place.
— ORIGINAL IJAW BOY (@Sm_geeh) March 2, 2021
You will be surprise that over 20million will be spent for the ceremony
— Imperial Autos & Lounge (@ogunthunder) March 2, 2021
na today? I'm honestly shocked that you're shocked. Infact, Your shock is shocking my shock pic.twitter.com/CpZDIJQZHX
D Good Life Sensei (@Dblackoctopus) March 2, 2021