Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, has said Nigeria will benefit from a proposed allocation of two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine meant for poorer countries.
Ehanire made the disclosure at the the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
“Nigeria is also working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to finalise enrollment with the access to COVID-19 tools (ACT) accelerator, a global mechanism tracking and sponsoring research organisations working on COVID-19 vaccine development,” he said.
“We are also interested in the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) supported global initiative, to procure and assure equitable access to vaccines, as soon as they are available, especially for lower and lower-middle income countries (LMIC).
“This will prioritise Nigeria for allocation of a part of two billion vaccine doses that will be secured, in a special plan to protect the interests of poorer countries.”