Nigeria received 4,400,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of Spain. The Spain Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Ignatio Sell, stated that this is the largest COVID-19 donation to any African nation. The donation is in fulfillment of his country’s commitment to support developing countries in ramping up vaccination against COVID-19.
“In 2020, the world was faced with the challenge to develop an effective vaccine. In 2021 the challenges evolved to production and distribution of the vaccines. Today in 2022, we need to put this vaccines within people’s reach.” He said.
Speaking at the event, The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Country representatives all commended Nigeria in its efforts to vaccinate all eligible Nigerians.
Receiving the donation on behalf of Nigerian Government, ED/CEO NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, while appreciating the Spanish government for the donation, said the gesture came at a time it is most needed.
Dr. Shuaib used the opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated to do so. According to him, “ if we keep up with the vaccination, the likely scenario is that even though the virus continues to evolve, the severity of the disease will reduce overtime as the immunity increases due to vaccination.”