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COVID-19: J&J vaccine may arrive Nigeria in August as Indian variant worsens


Nigeria may need to stand by till August to get the 29.5 million portions of Johnson and Johnson it is expecting through the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Trust even as the COVID-19 pandemic in India has kept on influencing the overall inventory of antibodies, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

The Federal Government had a week ago delivered N29.1bn for the acquisition of Johnson and Johnson antibodies through the AVAT drive composed by the Afreximbank.

The move was relied upon to lighten the impact of the shortage of Oxford-AstraZeneca immunizations brought about continuously wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

As the south Asian nation clasps under a lethal second flood of the COVID-19 pandemic and medical clinics in the nation running out of beds and oxygen supplies, a normal of 3,500 passings and 400,000 diseases are being recorded every day.

The Indian COVID-19 strain, B.1.617, has likewise been recognized in Nigeria, as indicated by a notice dated April 25, 2021, sent by Professor Christian Hapi of the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

“We have discovered five successions of the India B.1.617 in the country, explicitly in Edo and Osun states,” the notice read.

In spite of the fact that examination showed that up until this point, the strain had not shown a similar sort of violence as in India, the Federal Government on Monday confined social events at love focuses and restricted dance club, among others.

Sunday PUNCH likewise on May 9 announced that the World Health Organization expressed that the B.1.351 variation of the Covid, first found in South Africa, was spreading in 23 African nations, including three of Nigeria’s neighbors, Ghana, Togo, and Cameroon.

Concerning this, the Nigerian Medical Association and some wellbeing specialists had called for alert among Nigerians and the Federal Government, forthcoming when most of the populace would be immunized.

Talking during a Joint gathering of the African Union Ministers of Health prior in the week, the Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, said the antibodies may show up after the expected time July or August or significantly later due to the Indian circumstance.

“For conveyance date of AVAT (Johnson and Johnson immunizations), you can be certain that it will be toward the start of the second from last quarter, which will be toward the finish of July or start of August. We are endeavoring to check whether we can speed up that conveyance timetable, yet nothing is truly ensured,” he said.

He approached all African countries to present their conventional solicitations for the acquisition of the antibodies.

Nkengasong said Africa was relied upon to get at any rate 220 million dosages through the AVAT office, adding that the Afreximbank had consented to guarantee $2bn.


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