The Nigerian government on Monday received over three million doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Italian government. The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, while acknowledging receipt of the donated vaccine doses in Abuja, highly praised the Italian government for the good gesture. Mr. Shuiab said the donation is also a reflection of the commitment of the Italian government and European delegates to the global efforts in halting the pandemic which has claimed millions of lives. He said the rollout of the J&J vaccine across the country has rapidly improved vaccination coverage.
He said, “Today, we took delivery of 3,002,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson brand of the COVID-19 vaccines, a generous donation from the Government of Italy.
“We appreciate the sincerity and commitment of the Government of Italy and European delegates to the global efforts in halting this pandemic for nations of the world to return to their normal way of life.
“We wish to also seize this opportunity to call on eligible Nigerians who are yet to be vaccinated or who are due for their second or booster dose to please avail themselves of current opportunities to receive their COVID-19 vaccines”.