Nigeria has received fresh 4m doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States of America.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday during the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 press briefing confirmed the receipt of vaccine.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States as it steps up efforts to battle a third wave of infections.

The doses arrived on two planes and were received by UNICEF officials on behalf of Nigeria at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, FCT.

The delivery was the second batch of vaccines to arrive in Nigeria after four million doses were delivered in March under the COVAX vaccine sharing Facility.

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COVAX was set up to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries, and has already delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories.

Nigeria has since exhausted the four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to kick off its nationwide inoculation programme.

The Moderna vaccine is mRNA type of vaccine manufactured and developed by Moderna, NIAID.

Two shots of the vaccine are administered through intramuscular injection, 28 days apart.

The Moderna vaccine has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organisation, WHO, and approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, as safe and effective based on data from large-scale clinical trials.