According to The PUNCH, the United Kingdom has again donated 592,880 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Nigeria as part of its promise to share 80 million Vaccine doses to the COVAX facility.
The donation of this batch of vaccines brings the total doses donated by the UK government to 1,292,640 in August alone.
This was contained in a press statement made available to The PUNCH on Friday by the UK High Commission in Nigeria.
The statement was titled “ UK donates another 592,880 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, bringing the total to 1,292,640 doses donated by the UK.”
It read, “Today, Nigeria received another 592,880 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated to Nigeria by the UK via the COVAX Facility.
“This brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated to Nigeria from the UK through COVAX to 1,292,640 doses in August alone.
“These vaccines delivered to Nigeria are part of over five million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that the UK has donated through COVAX, the scheme designed to ensure equitable, global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“This latest batch is part of the 9 million COVID-19 vaccines the UK has donated around the world since the end of July 2021.
“These UK-donated doses are part of a broader pledge to share 100 million vaccines with the rest of the world by June 2022. 80% of these doses will be shared through the COVAX Facility, with 30 million due to be sent by the end of 2021. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made this pledge at the UK-hosted G7 Leaders’ Summit earlier this year.”