The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has rejected COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to Nigeria because the vaccines will expire in less than six months.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, while presenting a paper on “Status of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out, Delivery, Uptake, Challenges, and Potential Areas Where Advocacy is Needed”.
The occasion is a two-day Strategic Advocacy Retreat on COVID-19 and Health Security in Nigeria.
He added that the country has a standard of rejecting vaccines with expiration dates of less than six months.
The NPHCDA boss noted that the goal of CRICC is to increase access to information on COVID-19 vaccines from 70 per cent to 90 per cent by the end of 2022 and improve confidence and trust in COVID-19 vaccines from 62 per cent to 80 per cent by the end of 2021.
In addition, it would expand the social listening framework to include community-based rumours tracking in real-time.