Nigeria engaged on sort and amount of COVID-19 vaccines to acquire, minister says

ABUJA – Nigeria is engaged on what sort and amount of COVID-19 vaccines to acquire and can make monetary provision for them in its 2021 finances, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed mentioned on Tuesday.

Africa’s most populous nation has not been as hard-hit by the pandemic as others on the continent, resembling South Africa, however it’s within the grip of a second wave of infections.

Nigerian authorities have beforehand mentioned the nation is working with the COVAX programme backed by the World Well being Group and expects to obtain its first doses in January.

Ahmed mentioned the finance and well being ministries ought to finalize an quantity to allocate to vaccine procurement inside the subsequent two weeks. She mentioned ministers additionally held talks with lawmakers about budgeting measures.

“We agreed that the hassle wanted to be finished in order that we have now readability as as to whether the provisions to the finances shall be ample or we have now to make further provisions by the use of a particular supplementary finances to make extra provisions for COVID-19 vaccinations,” she mentioned.

She mentioned lawmakers had been “dedicated” to a “very fast” supplementary finances for added spending on COVID-19 if that was wanted.

Nigeria expects to obtain COVID-19 vaccine donations that may cowl 20% of its inhabitants after which procure further 50% of its vaccine requirement to attain herd immunity, the nation’s finances head mentioned.

The donations will embody all kinds of vaccines, Ben Akabueze, director basic of the Finances workplace, instructed a digital convention throughout the 2021 finances presentation.

As of Tuesday, Nigeria had 101,3314 confirmed instances and 1,361 deaths.