”Nigeria Needs N400bn For COVID-19 Vaccines” – Minister of Health

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Osagie Ehanire, the Nigerian Minister of Health had a briefing with the senate leadership in Abuja on Tuesday December 22, where he disclosed that the federal government needs N400 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.

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Ehanire said that the federal government is ready for a COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives, but N400 billion would be required to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s over 200 million population at $8 per person.

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He further said N156 billion will be needed in 2021 while N200 billion will be used for vaccination in 2022. The Minister also said the COVID-19 vaccines will be stored in the same storage facilities (cold chains) used to store the polio vaccines.

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan however expressed lack of confidence in the ability of the federal ministry of health to effectively store and distribute the COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive in the country.

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He added that the ministry needs to do more as he stated that the national assembly is ready to support funding of the vaccines.

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Lawan said;

“I have not been convinced with your presentation that we are ready to bring in the vaccines.

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“You have to do much more to convince me that we are ready.”

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