Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, told Nigerians that they would secure access to the novel coronavirus vaccine when developed.
In a meeting with representatives of a potential vaccine candidate, the BNT162 COVID-19 vaccine, he said that progress was being made to discover a cure globally.
Osinbajo assured that the Federal Government intends exploring every possible option and prioritises the health and safety of the citizens.
According to Osinbajo, the interaction “is an important conversation and it is important for us that we are prioritised – as the largest country in Africa – in the distribution of the best COVID-19 vaccine when it is eventually ready.
“Our priority is the health of the Nigerian citizens. We will continue to engage and look at every possible option – from all manufacturers – of a good vaccine. We want to do the very best for our people in this regard.”
The Minister of Health, Mr. Anthony Ehanire, stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would consider quality, appropriate volume and prompt delivery in its decision-making.
Also, the Pfizer Country Manager and Representative in Africa, who spoke for the promoters, Mr. Subair Olayinka, disclosed that “Nigeria will be priority for the vaccine supply to Africa.”
He said that Covid-19 vaccine experiments were ongoing in parts of Africa, and were approaching the third phase.
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