Nigeria has received four million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the US government.
The US Embassy in Nigeria says the vaccines are part of the US’ pledge to initially provide about 25 million of the 80 million doses globally to Africa.
The US donated the vaccines to Nigeria through the international vaccine distribution facility, Covax.
They have been handed over to Nigerian officials in the capital, Abuja. Nigerian authorities say the Moderna jabs are expected to increase vaccination rates across the country.
Nigeria has so far vaccinated about one percent of its 200 million people with AstraZeneca doses received in March through Covax.
The latest consignment of the jabs comes as the country experiences an upsurge in daily reported cases of the virus with continued spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Officials say the country is now beginning to experience a third wave of the pandemic.