US, UK, EU, Germany, India hail arrival of COVID-19 vaccines

Nigerian partners have hailed the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines.

United States, United Kingdom, Germany, European Union and India differently celebrated the arrival of the 3.92 million doses on Tuesday.

United States said: “The U.S. joins in welcoming arrival of the COVID19 vaccine to Nigeria. We stand with Nigeria in the face of the pandemic, with over 60 staff working on a daily basis on COVID-19 response and vaccine roll out; epidemiology; outbreak response; lab operations and data analytics.”

The United States further said it contributed $2 billion to COVAX with another $1.5 billion promised.

“We must work to finance health security; strengthen global health systems and create early warning systems to prevent, detect and respond to future biological threats because they will keep coming,” the United States also said.

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UK, on its part, said it has committed up to £829 million to the development of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics and their distribution to developing countries.

In a statement in Abuja by the Head of Communications, British High Commission, Abuja, Dean Hurlock, the UK said it galvanised the efforts because it wanted to be a force for good in the world.

Apart from being the first to back COVAX, UK added it has committed £548 million to COVAX to ensure global access to vaccines and has consistently called on other donors to step up their support.

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