First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

Nigeria receives 4.4 million doses of J&J Covid-19 vacc...



Nigeria receives 4.4 million doses of J&J Covid-19 vaccine from Spain

A health worker prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine during a rural vaccination drive by Broadreach NGO at Duduzile Secondary School in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
By Reuters
26 May 2022 0

ABUJA, May 24 (Reuters) - Nigeria has received 4.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N Covid-19 vaccine from Spain, a government official said on Tuesday.

Nigeria has already received 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia with more expected from EU countries.

Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said Nigeria wanted to vaccinate 70% of its population. It was far off the target but Spain’s donation would help, he said.

Shuaib said 23.4% of the eligible population had received a first dose of vaccine, while 15.8% have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Nigeria has recorded 255,937 confirmed cases as of Tuesday with 3,143 deaths.

(Reporting by Camillus EbohWriting by Chijioke OhuochaEditing by Bhargav Acharya and Grant McCool)


"Information pertaining to Covid-19, vaccines, how to control the spread of the virus and potential treatments is ever-changing. Under the South African Disaster Management Act Regulation 11(5)(c) it is prohibited to publish information through any medium with the intention to deceive people on government measures to address COVID-19. We are therefore disabling the comment section on this article in order to protect both the commenting member and ourselves from potential liability. Should you have additional information that you think we should know, please email [email protected]"

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted