25th May, 2022
Spain has donated 4.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Nigeria towards containing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This is contained in a statement titled “No one will be safe until we are all safe” and signed on Wednesday by the Spanish embassy in Abuja.
It said that the donation is in line with the Spanish government’s unconditional defence of fair, equitable, and universal access to vaccines against COVID-19.
The mission explained that the ceremony to hand over the vaccines took place on the premises of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), with the support of UNICEF.
According to the embassy that the donation makes Spain the third donor of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria. Also, it is the largest Spain had given to a single country in Africa so far.
“Spain is fully committed to multilateral efforts. Consequently, this donation, and more than 90 percent of Spanish donations, has been made through the COVAX mechanism.
“Additionally, this donation constitutes one more action of “Team Europe” in Nigeria, integrated by the EU and its member states.
“Altogether, the EU and EU countries have donated 30 million vaccines to Nigeria so far.
At the handover ceremony, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Chief Executive Officer of NPHCDA urged Nigerian citizens to ensure that they received the jabs.