FED GOVT PLANS SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET FOR COVID-19 VACCINES

Written by on December 21, 2020

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RAISE A SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET TO TACKLE THE FUNDING GAPS FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF COVID-19 VACCINES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON PRIMARY HEALTHCARE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL, SENATOR CHUKWUKA UTAZI, DISCLOSED IN AN INTERVIEW AT THE WEEKEND THAT EFFORTS WERE ONGOING TO ARTICULATE ALL THAT IT WOULD TAKE TO ENSURE THAT NIGERIA GETS ENOUGH VACCINES FOR ITS CITIZENS.

AFTER MONTHS OF A SLUMP IN THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS, THE COUNTRY SUDDENLY BEGAN TO WITNESS AN UPSURGE IN NEW INFECTIONS THIS MONTH, WITH THE DAILY NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES AVERAGING 600 AND ABOVE.

ALSO, MORE DEATHS ARE BEING RECORDED AS A RESULT OF THE VIRUS.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD EARLIER SAID IT HAS SET ASIDE N10 BILLION IN THE 2021 APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROCUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF COVID-19 VACCINES WHEN THEY ARE READY.

IT ALSO SAID THAT A TASK TEAM HAS BEEN CONSTITUTED TO HELP IN MOBILISING RESOURCES AND ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON HOW BEST TO UTILISE SUCH RESOURCES TO EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH THE PANDEMIC.

ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT STATE HOW MUCH HAS BEEN APPROVED IN THE 2021 NATIONAL BUDGET THAT IS ABOUT TO BE PASSED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, UTAZI EXPLAINED THAT THE REASON FOR THE SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET IS TO MAKE CONTINGENCY ARRANGEMENTS TO ACQUIRE ENOUGH VACCINES FOR THE COUNTRY’S POPULATION AS SOON AS THEY ARE READY.


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