Presidential Task Force, PTF on Covid-19 has debunked the widespread rumour that Nigeria was disqualified from accessing free Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility of the World Health Organization, WHO.
Clarifying the situation during Monday’s press briefing of the PTF, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the task force, Mr. Boss Mustapha warned that such misinformation would only be counterproductive to government’s efforts.
“The PTF similarly wishes to firmly restate that Nigeria was never disqualified from accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. The PTF has debunked the story and so did the WHO.
“Misinformation of Nigerians in any form or shape will be counterproductive and dangerous to our health, security and economy. Confidence in the vaccine is reaffirmed and access is reassured.  We appeal to our media outlets to cross-check their stories before publication,” the SGF added.
While noting that nations are struggling to access the vaccine which is in short supply, Mustapha urged the media to henceforth crosscheck its facts before dishing out news to the public.
“The process for accessing vaccines and the plans for getting it to the last mile is progressing. The PTF wishes to appeal to all Nigerians and particularly, the media to recognize that humanity is at war with an unseen enemy,” he added.
Over the weekend at an emergency press briefing held in Abuja by the National Primary Healthcare Development, Agency, NPHCDA, the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria also restated that the agency has not disqualified any country from accessing vaccines from the facility.
The WHO said, on the contrary, it was assisting Nigeria and other African countries to start accessing the Astrazeneca vaccine as from February, as soon as it received clearance for emergency use.
The agency also confirmed that Nigeria has been granted the largest allocation of 16 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility.


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