nigeria not in covid 19 red list UK

Covid 19: Nigeria not among Red List Countries in UK – FG

The Federal Government says Nigeria is not among the red listed countries that needs mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a supervised UK facility.

This is in reaction to a statement attributed to the UK Government released on Monday stating that Nigeria will continue to isolate in supervised facility upon arrival at the UK.

The UK on Monday relaxed the COVID-19 restrictions for 50 countries excluding Nigeria and other African countries which implies that Nigerians entering the UK will be subjected to COVID-19 test and isolation in spite of their COVID-19 vaccine certificate obtained in Nigeria.

The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday said the UK’s action is similar to Nigeria’s requirement to have travellers from the UK, isolate for seven days upon arrival in Nigeria.

He said the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 is in the process of reviewing these requirements adding that they have been in touch with the UK Government.

Dr. Shuaib said the current listing of countries with approved vaccination certification has just started in the UK adding that the UK Government is yet to comprehensively review Nigeria’s vaccination certification program.

He said from his communication with the UK Government officials, the vaccines administered in Nigeria are approved by the UK Government.

He said they are also involved with the vaccination program in Nigeria through the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and they are optimistic that by the time Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination program certification is assessed, it will be approved.

The ED said there are many Countries in the World, therefore Nigeria like many other Countries are in the queue for this assessment.

He said once it gets to Nigeria turn, we are more likely than not to get approved in the coming weeks. “Like the UK Government have clearly stated, the process of assessment would occur in phases”.

Meanwhile the UNICEF Country Representative Peter Hawkins in his remark said it is commendable that the number of people vaccinated on daily basis has increased to a 100 thousand per day.

Representated by Dr. Dorothy Ochola, he however said the challenge is that Nigeria still needs to increase the number of people from 100 thousand to 300 thousand per day.

He assured that UNICEF will continue to work with the Nigerian government to make sure they meet targets.

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