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COVID-19 VACCINE INEQUITY RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSTANT MUTATION OF VIRUS- W.H.O

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (W.H.O) IS RAISING FRESH CONCERNS ABOUT THE CONTINUED UNEQUAL ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINES, JUST AS IT WARNS ABOUT THE THREAT IT POSES TO THE GAINS ALREADY MADE AGAINST THE VIRUS IF THE TREND IS LEFT UNCHALLENGED.

SPEAKING AT THE WEEKLY JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH THE NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN ABUJA, THE COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE W.H.O UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING ON THE EXISTING COVID-19 VACCINES SUPPLY MECHANISM.

MEANWHILE, THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF ASTRAZENNECA’S FIRST DOSE TO THE FIFTH DAY OF JULY, AS VACCINE HESITANCY CONTINUE TO SLOW DOWN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SECOND JAB.

OFFICIALS OF THE NIGERIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH, AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION HELD THEIR WEKLY BRIEFING IN ABUJA, TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE GLOBAL AND NATIONAL COVID-19 VACCINATION EXERCISE.

GLOBALLY, OVER 2.96 BILLION DOSES OF COVID-19 VACCINES HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED WITH CHINA, THE UNITED STATES, INDIA, BRAZIL, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM LEADING THE TABLE, AS AT JUNE 28TH 2021

BUT THE HEALTH MANAGERS FROM THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT AND THE W.H.O SAY THE GAINS ALREADY MADE ARE NOW BEING THREATENED BY THE LACK OF ACCESS TO VACCINES, ESPECIALLY AMONG POORER COUNTRIES INCLUDING NIGERIA.

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