Nigeria sees over 100 new cases, vaccination continues

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ANKARA 

Health authorities on Monday confirmed seven more coronavirus-related deaths and 104 new infections amid an ongoing vaccination campaign in Nigeria.

“Till date [Sunday], 162,593 cases have been confirmed, 150,308 cases have been discharged and 2,048 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said in its latest update.

More than 1.72 million tests have been done since March last year in country of 200 million population.

Amid fears over vaccine safety, the vaccination campaign, launched on March 5 and backed by the president and federal government, is keeping encouraging people receive shots. Currently, health professionals and other frontline workers as well as officials are being 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 have been suspended by several European countries after a small number of people reported blood clots after receiving the jab.

However, the EU’s drugs agency said that the use of the AstraZeneca is safe and it is effective.

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