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The Federal Government has said the COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in the country will cushion the humanitarian challenges owing to the pandemic.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, said this in a statement issued on Wednesday by her media aide, Mrs. Nneka Anibeze in Abuja. She expressed delight in the arrival of the 3.92 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday.
“Let me start by expressing my happiness for the arrival of the first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccines, this demonstrates a milestone in the history of this country in the fight against the pandemic.
“For us in the ministry, COVID-19 is both a health emergency and a humanitarian challenge. The administration of the vaccine will really go a long way in cushioning the humanitarian challenges that we are facing.
“I am using this opportunity to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he has given to the Presidential Task Force through the Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
“We are all pleased and we hope that these vaccines will be effectively utilised,” Farouq said.
The statement also quoted Mustapha as describing the arrival of the vaccines as a milestone in the history of the country and international response to COVID-19.