The Ogun state government has taken delivery of doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Dapo Abiodun, governor of the state, confirmed the delivery of the doses on Monday.
The development means that Ogun is the first state in Nigeria to receive the vaccine, having met the requirements for disbursement.
Taking delivery of AstraZeneca #COVID19 Vaccines in my office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) March 8, 2021
On March 2, the long-awaited vaccine arrived the country courtesy of the UN-led COVAX facility, which donated 3,924,000 doses to Nigeria.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) gave the final approval for use of the doses in Nigeria, hours before the launch of vaccination.
Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with frontline health workers in Abuja last Friday.
So far, aside from some frontline health workers, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, among other government officials, are some of those who have received the vaccine.
Meanwhile, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has asked Nigerians to register online to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.