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The Federal Government has said states who have not met the criteria for vaccine safety, will not be given any of the four million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines that have arrived in the country.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), disclosed this at a State House briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
“We will not be sending vaccines to the states that have not fulfilled all of the criteria that will ensure that if the vaccines get to the states, they are going to be safe.
“For example, we have communicated to the states that they have to wrap up their security around their cold stores because these are very valuable vaccines, and we do not want a situation where vaccines are taken to the states and criminal elements take advantage to vandalize these cold stores.
“We are also aware that during the #EndSARS vandalization, there were some cold stores that actually suffered. I know that the state governors are trying to fix those, but we have to verify that those are ready to receive our vaccines.
“We are working with the sub-national level; we are in conversation with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to see how Nigerians can rapidly get their vaccines.
“It is very critical that we roll out rapidly so that we can cut into any kind of mutation that can lead to the development of resistance against our vaccines.”
The NPHCDA boss also urged Nigerians who wish to receive the vaccines to register on the website of the agency.