NPHCDA EXPLAINS WHY BUHARI, OSINBAJO SHOULD BE FIRST TO TAKE COVID-19 VACCINE

Written by on January 8, 2021

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION, BOSS MUSTAPHA, AND OTHER PROMINENT PERSONALITIES WOULD BE AMONG THE FIRST SET OF NIGERIANS TO BE ADMINISTERED THE COVID-19 VACCINES WHEN THE COUNTRY TAKES ITS FIRST BATCH OF DELIVERY BY THE END OF JANUARY.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NPHCDA) FAISAL SHUAIB, WHO STATED THIS AT THE BRIEFING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE ON COVID-19, SAID BUHARI AND THE OTHERS WOULD TAKE THE VACCINES ON LIVE TELEVISION IN A BID TO DEMONSTRATE TO NIGERIANS THAT THE VACCINES ARE SAFE.

SHUAIB HAD EARLIER STATED THAT NIGERIA WAS HOPING TO GET 42 MILLION COVID-19 VACCINES TO COVER ONE FIFTH OF ITS POPULATION THROUGH THE GLOBAL COVAX SCHEME.

HE HAD FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT THE INITIAL VACCINES WOULD COME AS PART OF NIGERIA’S PLAN TO INOCULATE 40 PER CENT OF ITS POPULATION THIS YEAR AND ANOTHER 30 PER CENT IN 2022, WITH A SHIPMENT OF 100,000 DOSES OF THE PFIZER VACCINE DUE TO ARRIVE BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

AT THE BRIEFING ON THURSDAY, SHUAIB SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD PRIORITIZE THE FIRST SET OF PEOPLE TO BE VACCINATED.


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