U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the provision of additional $10.6 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in a 2021 bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments.
The new funding is to ensure the boosting of COVID-19 vaccination efforts towards reaching the targets of 600,000 people per day.
The funds will also support integrating COVID-19 vaccinations into routine immunization and primary health care systems, state level data collection and analytics, health worker training, and expansion of vaccination access points at the community level.
USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson stated that
given the significant progress Nigeria has made, the USAID is pleased to provide more funds to improve COVID-19 vaccine delivery services.
The fund increases the total U.S. assistance to the Nigerian people to $179 million under the five-year $2.1 billion Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed between USAID and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning as affirmed by the U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken during his visit to Nigeria in November 2021, and will deepen USAID’s support for all levels of government to meet their vaccination targets.
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