Nigeria, Feb. 6 -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday that Nigeria and other African countries were not barred from accessing COVID-19 vaccines through the Global Assess Facility, COVAX.

COVAX, a WHO-backed programme, was set up to divide a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines across 92 low and middle-income countries.

Speaking at a press briefing on Saturday, WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Walter Mulombo, said the international health agency is supporting all countries to access vaccines as quickly as possible.

Mr Mulombo's statement was a response to the reactions that trailed an earlier announcement by the WHO that only four of 13 African countries were qualified to receive the first batch of the Pfizer and b...