Nigeria to miss 40 COVID­19 vaccine target, experts says

Nigeria to miss 40 COVID­19 vaccine target, experts says
Nigeria to miss 40 COVID­19 vaccine target, experts says

Nigeria to miss 40 COVID­19 vaccine target, experts says

The World Health Organization Africa indigenous director Matshidiso Moeti said it’s veritably doubtful for utmost
countries in Africa, including Nigeria, to reach 40 per cent vaccination content by the end of 2021.

“ At this rate, the mainland may only reach the 40 per cent target by the end of March 2022,” said Moeti.
In September, the World Bank’s International Development Association allocated a$ 400 million credit to speed up
Nigeria’s Covid vaccination programme. Yet, smaller than1.5 per cent of the country’s 206 million population has been
completely vaccinated.

Prof Isa Abubakar Sadiq, Director of the Centre for Infectious Conditions Bayero University Kano, said the problem
could come from the vaccine vacuity in Nigeria.
“ The number of vaccines available in the country won’t be enough for all those who would come forward,” said Prof
Sadiq.

Still, we need further boluses to be available, and people need to be mobilised to come forward and take the vaccine, “
If we’re to achieve the target. Not enough people are coming forward to indeed take the available vaccines. People
aren’t taking the complaint seriously because the inflexibility isn’t as projected. The threat perception isn’t as it should
be.”

Six in seven cases go undetected in Africa, according to the WHO. Nigeria itself has conducted only15.8 tests per. But
with the number of malaria losses surpassing COVID­19 deaths in Nigeria, health experts believe the issue is further
down the list of enterprises for the Federal Government.

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