UPDATED: Lagos receives COVID-19 vaccines

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Sodiq Oyeleke

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has confirmed that doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the state.

He said this on Tuesday at the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Nigeria took delivery of about four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches over the next few months.

According to the governor, the state government received the vaccines at 4 a.m. on Tuesday (today).

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He assured Lagosians that the “State government will soon commence the vaccinations in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency”.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu also implored Lagosians to “continue to keep to all the COVID-19 protocols like wearing of facemasks, washing and sanitising their hands and observing social distance”.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday, received shots of the COVID-19 vaccines at the State House, Abuja, and since then other eminent Nigerians have also received it.

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Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while also announcing the arrival of the vaccines, said, “We’re making progress. The world will see the end of the pandemic. Good morning Lagos.”

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had on Monday, taken delivery of doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine given to the state by the Federal Government.

Late Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 371 new cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 158,906.

The agency also registered 13 additional COVID-19-related deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,982.

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The institute said the new infections were registered across 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory in the past 24 hours.

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It added that Lagos topped the list with 102 infections, followed by Enugu with 65, then Edo with 56, and FCT with 23 of the new cases.

Other states with new COVID-19 infections were Ogun-20, Osun-18, Bayelsa-18, Rivers-15, Kaduna-14, Plateau-10, Oyo-eight, Bauchi-7 Kano-5 Delta-4, Nasarawa-3, Niger-2, and Ekiti-1.

The agency said 461 people had been successfully treated and discharged from different isolation centres across the country within the past 24 hours.

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