The Federal Government has expressed its resolve to cover 70 per cent vaccination of Nigerians against the dreaded scourge, Covid 19.
This is coming just as the Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha has also stated the desire of government to purchase the vaccines directly from manufacturers.
In this wise, Mustapha said the country is willing to cooperate with the U.S to purchase vaccines directly from companies as he expressed worry that the country is going far behind in its vaccination efforts.
Mustapha stated this in Abuja on Thursday when he met with US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.
“For us to get to herd immunity, we need to vaccinate 70% of our population, and that’s the major area of concern.
“This is where we believe the United States Government would be of tremendous assistance to areas of support we are looking for in our engagement and our relationship with friendly nations like US in particular with regards to vaccines,” Boss Mustapha said.
He added that Nigeria is “looking for a prospect of a direct assistance from the US to support Nigeria to purchase vaccine directly from companies.”
So far, we have only been able to access vaccine from Covax facilities and donations from different offers. But so far, we have received 100,000 doses from the Indian company, in addition to the 3,924 million we received from the Covax facilities,” he stated.
He urged the United States to consider setting up a vaccine production plant in Nigeria citing the nation’s huge population compared to other African countries. This, Mustapha assured, will go a long way to safeguard the world.
Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed had recently disclosed that the FG approved the sum of N83.56 billion to purchase 30 million J&J vaccines during the N895 billion supplementary budget session.