The Chinese government on Friday donated 470,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. CUI Jianchun, made the donation to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja.
Jianchun said the gesture was a result of the good relations between Nigeria and China.
He noted that efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic required the collaboration of all countries.
The ambassador, however, cautioned against politicizing issues related to COVID-19 or blaming China for the outbreak.
Jianchun said there should be a collaborative effort to eliminate the disease.
“Nigeria is a very important country for China because of its population and size.
“COVID-19 is a health problem. We need cooperation. We need unity to overcome COVID-19, ”Jianchun said.
He added that China would support Nigeria in the production of vaccines in the long term.
While responding, Ehanire praised the Chinese government for the gesture, adding that the donation was timely.
The minister said Nigeria stopped vaccination on July 8 due to lack of vaccines, but that with the donation, vaccination of citizens would resume in earnest.
Ehanire called for collaborations and information exchange on ways to eliminate COVID-19.