By Audrey Lotechukwu
MON 15 FEB, 2021-theGBJournal- The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire Monday inaugurated the National COVID-19 Vaccine coordinating Committee with membership of the cutting across multi-sectors.
‘’The Committee will be addressing the diverse aspects of vaccine acquisition which spans across sectors,’’ the Minister said.
According to the Minister, the preparation for a national COVID-19 vaccination effort will require all the expert advice Nigeria can gather to actualise the high standard the Federal Government has set for vaccination.
The Minster during the inauguration of the Committee said that the country has also taken part in the race of vaccines which are quite unique vaccines-borne out of exigencies of the time.
‘’Vaccines can save lives and there are currently over 50 serious COVID-19 vaccine candidates in or awaiting trial in the world, including two from Nigeria,’’ Dr Ehanire said.
Nigeria’s total COVID-19 confirmed cases is now 146, 354 with a total of 1, 753 deaths, according to latest data by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Confirmed new cases rose slightly to 690 Sunday after a low of 520 new cases reported on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the country has recorded 13 cases of the virus variant found in the UK as it expects the first 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to begin arriving the country this February.