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Nigeria orders civil servants to show COVID-19 vaccination or negative test from Dec 1

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ABUJA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Nigeria would require civil servants to show proof of vaccination towards COVID-19 or a negative test for the illness to achieve entry to their places of work from the start of December, a presidential committee mentioned on Wednesday.

The presidential committee mentioned unvaccinated authorities staff will want to current a negative test consequence accomplished inside 72-hours earlier than they’re granted entry to their places of work throughout the nation and its embassies overseas.

“An appropriate service wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process,” Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, mentioned in an announcement.

Nigeria has administered some 5 million vaccine doses to its 200 million residents, and is within the midst of deploying tens of millions extra doses of Moderna (MRNA.O) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L) photographs acquired by the COVAX vaccine scheme for growing international locations.

It additionally has 1.12 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine that it bought by an African Union programme and is scheduled to obtain 7.7 million doses of the Sinopharm (1099.HK) vaccine by way of COVAX.

Nigeria, which has not examined broadly for COVID-19, has up to now recorded 208,153 confirmed infections and a couple of,756 deaths from the virus.

In May, Nigeria banned travellers coming from some international locations the place COVID-19 was spreading quickly.

The presidential committee mentioned it had determined to take away South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from its restricted journey listing following a overview of developments in these international locations.

Reporting by Felix Onuah; writing by Chijioke Ohuocha; enhancing by Philippa Fletcher

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