FG set to release N10bn for the production of domestic COVID-19 vaccines

Federal Government of Nigeria says a sum of N10bn will be released to fund the production of country’s Vaccine

This was made known by the Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire while briefing the presidential task force on covid-19 said as Nigeria is exploring and working toward developing it own vaccine the ministry of finance and budget planning has decided to release N10bn to support the effort

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While speaking he also urge all Nigerian to disregard the report of people selling covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria adding that the first consignment of covid-19 vaccine will arrive the country in some weeks

”On vaccines, we are exploring all options available for the acquisition of approved vaccines for Nigerians. We are hopeful that the first consignment will arrive the country in some weeks.

Apart from the COVAX facility, which is billed to cover vaccination of just 20% of our population, we plan to increase our chances of getting enough vaccines to meet the country’s need to cover an additional 50% of the population.

Nigeria is participating in the African Union initiative called “African Vaccine Availability Task Team”, which reports directly to the African Union Chairman, President Ramaphosa of South Africa, and has secured options for 270 million doses of various types of vaccines.

Bearing in mind options suitable for our environment and our available infrastructure, as well as Investment in delivery, Nigeria has written to express interest in 10 million doses of the viral vector vaccine, which could be supplied as from March 2021. This vaccine does nor require deep freezers.”

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