To aid in the fight against the pandemic, the Hellenic Republic of Greece has donated one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to Nigeria.
The contribution was revealed by Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikos Dendias, during a visit to Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday in Abuja.
Dendias described the donation as a gesture of Greek government solidarity for Nigeria, stating that the COVID-19 epidemic has taught the world that countries need each other.
“I am happy that I am symbolically bringing a present with me to the Nigerian people and this is almost a million vaccine.
“All the world is suffering from COVID-19, but one huge achievement through this suffering that we clearly understand is that we are one community, that nobody is safe unless everybody is safe.
“Health is a global good and all of us are under the moral obligation to be providers of health wherever assistance is needed.
“And all of us are under the moral obligation to be providers of help whenever and wherever assistance is needed.
“So happy to make this small contribution to the Nigerian people,” Dendias said.
Dendias also reassured Nigerians that the vaccines were not expired.
Onyeama thanked the Greek government for its assistance to Nigeria, stressing the need for concerted efforts to effectively combat the pandemic.
He also stated assured that the vaccines will be administered with caution.
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), both ministers termed the visit as historic, with the goal of strengthening bilateral and economic ties between the two nations.
Both ministers signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen bilateral ties and explore areas of mutual interest.