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EXTRA: Nigeria holds reception ceremony for COVID-19 vaccine

EXTRA: Nigeria holds reception ceremony for COVID-19 vaccine
March 02
14:31 2021

After a long, doubt-laden wait, hope became reality on Tuesday when Nigeria received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine.

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So it was no surprise that the red carpet was rolled out for the much-anticipated arrival — figuratively speaking.

But on a non-figurative note, an actual reception ceremony was organised by the presidential task force on COVID-19 (PTF) for the arrival of the vaccine.

If dignitaries, VIPs and some government officials can enjoy reception ceremonies, why not the vaccine doses that may yet save our lives.

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The arrival not only merited a ceremony, but also the presence of the ‘big guns’ overseeing Nigeria’s COVID-19 response.

Courtesy of a post on Twitter, Faisal Shuaib, chairman of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); Osagie Ehanire, minister of health; and Chikwe Iheakwazu, director-general of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), were spotted in attendance.

 

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If you are wondering whether the elaborate reception ceremony was necessary, take a deep dive into the account of setbacks Nigeria faced in the journey towards securing vaccine doses.

After you are done, you may have a rethink.

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