Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said Nigeria may get COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February which is within the next 10 days.
Ehanire stated this at the end of an inspection tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.
According to the Health Minister, Nigeria has put all facilities in place to receive the vaccines.
He said: “We are told that by the end of this month, which is about 10 days from now, we shall get the vaccines.
“We do not produce the vaccines. They are manufactured abroad in about four or five countries.”
He said the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia and China that had succeeded in producing the vaccines have now giving licences to other countries to reproduce them.
Ehanire added that South Africa has a licence to make the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, while Russia only recently gave India the licence to produce AstraZeneca.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 645 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the new cases were reported in a post on the disease control agency’s Twitter handle on Saturday night, February 20, 2021.
The newly reported cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 151,553 which includes 128,005 discharged cases and 1,831 deaths.