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Nigeria to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Consignment By February Ending

 

Nigeria is among the 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness to receive consignment of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February.

The 12 African countries are among the 92 others that had qualified for the facility and will by the end of February 2021 receive first shipment of vaccines.

Disclosing this in a communiqué on Thursday after its 24th teleconference meeting held virtually in Abuja, the Nigerian Governors Forum also said it had set up a team of experts to advise it on the procurement and administration of the COVID-19 vaccines expected in the country in February.

The NGF revealed that members of the team, which will be led by renowned virologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, will include the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib; Managing Director, Synlab Nigeria, Dr. Pamela Ajayi and Founding Partner of the Anadach Group, Dr. Egbe Dawodu.

The forum assured that its decisions and actions concerning COVID-19 will be guided by “science and informed opinions”, adding that there is no going back on its decision to acquire the vaccines as Nigeria is already one of the 12 countries in Africa that had indicated an interest.

According to the communiqué, the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, briefed members about a meeting held with the Chair, Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on intended plans for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

It also noted that there was an arrangement made by the World Health Organisation to facilitate pooled procurement and equitable distribution of vaccines across developing countries.

“Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by the end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines,” the communiqué stated.

The NGF distanced itself from a pronouncement credited one of its members, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, noting that the NGF will always make informed decisions.

“On the ill-fated pronouncement made by a member of the forum, regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, in a national daily, the forum (NGF) totally and categorically dissociated itself from the statement.

“The forum will continue to be informed and guided by science and will ensure that every decision it makes to retain the public and professional trust and is not compromised by conflicts of interest.”

The NGF noted that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has revealed that vaccines will be administered in four phases, based on type and availability, initially for frontline health workers, the aged and those with underlying medical conditions.

On the rising cases of COVID-19 reported across the country, the NGF assured that its members will do more to “reactivate their health systems, open-up treatment centres and increase partnerships with stakeholder groups to improve risk communication and the public’s adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.”

 

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