The Nigerian Government has received four hundred and seventy thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, CUI Jianchun, made the donation to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Ambassador said that the gesture was a result of the good relationship between both countries.
He noted that the efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic requires global collaborations.
The Chinese Ambassador however warned against politicizing issues surrounding COVID-19 or blaming China for the outbreak, rather that a collaboration should be worked out on ways to eliminate the disease.
He noted that Nigeria is a very important country to China due to its population and size.
“COVID-19 is a health issue. We need cooperation. We need unity to overcome COVID-19,“ the Ambassador said.
He added that in the long run, China would support Nigeria in vaccine production.
Responding, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the donation came at a very good time.
He said that Nigeria stopped vaccination on the 8th of July due to a lack of vaccines but with the donation, the vaccination of citizens would resume in earnest.
The Minister also called for continued collaboration and exchange of information on ways to eliminate COVID-19.