Health officials on Monday confirmed seven more coronavirus-related deaths and 104 new infections during an ongoing vaccination campaign in Nigeria.
“Until the date [Sunday], 162,593 cases have been confirmed, 150,308 cases have been released and 2,048 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, ”the Nigeria Center for Disease Control said in its latest update.
More than 1.72 million tests have been carried out since March last year in a country of 200 million people.
Amid fears about vaccine safety, the vaccination campaign, launched on March 5 and supported by the president and the federal government, continues to encourage people to get vaccinated. Currently, health professionals and other frontline workers as well as government officials are vaccinated.
So far, 513,626 people have been vaccinated in the West African country, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Earlier this month, Abuja received 4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the use of which was suspended by several European countries after a small number of people reported blood clots after receiving the vaccine.
However, the European Medicines Agency has declared that the use of AstraZeneca is safe and effective.
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