Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Minister of Finance, has assured Nigeria that by January 2021, Nigeria will be among African countries to get its COVID-19 Vaccines.
Okonjo-Iweala who is the current African Union Special Envoy on mobilizing international economic support for the continental fight against COVID-19 and Nigeria’s candidate for the Office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization announced this on Monday, 7th December in Abuja during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The statement reads;
“So, the Pfizer vaccine, the AstraZeneca, those are being negotiated now so that poor countries don’t have to stand in line behind rich countries. So, we hope they are starting by the end of January. We will be able to reach these countries, including most of the African countries, Nigeria included, will be able to get access to some of these vaccines. Initially, it will be for frontline health workers, followed by some other target groups – older people, those with underlying conditions and then, from there, the rest of the population. I think the COVAX facility can cover maybe 20-23 per cent of the population by the end of next year,” Okonjo-Iweala said