President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, and the governors of Nigeria’s 36 states have reached an agreement to take the COVID-19 vaccine on live television with the aim of persuading Nigerians to accept it and also be assured of their safety.
Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi made the announcement on Friday during a briefing with State House Correspondents in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
During the briefing, Dr Kayode Fayemi explained: “We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines will work. The Governors’ Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience. We have worked with the Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the Federal Ministry of Health. We will be happy to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency on this as well.”
The governor has implored the Federal Government to accelerate its partnership with May & Baker to ensure the quick production, delivery, and distribution of the locally made vaccines.
“There is nothing as good as having the ability to manufacture our own vaccines locally. It is important for the Federal Government to really accelerate so that we can produce the vaccines here in Nigeria.” Governor Fayemi stated.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigeria intends to get 42 million vaccines to cover one-fifth of its population through the global COVAX scheme.
The initial vaccines would be introduced as part of a larger plan to vaccinate 40 percent of the population in 2021 and another 30 percent in 2022. 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in the country by the end of January 2021.