Home Nigeria: Govt Braces for Global Politics of Vaccines
Array

Nigeria: Govt Braces for Global Politics of Vaccines

The federal government has owned up that acquiring the COVID-19 vaccine for the public is a challenging task before the country because of the global politics around vaccines. To that effect, it has appealed to Nigerians to continue to maintain Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) as the safest protection from the virus.

The Chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who spoke yesterday at the PTF press briefing in Abuja noted that the country could be in a tight corner given the international politics of securing the vaccines and ensuring the generality of Nigerians are vaccinated.

Mustapha also said that the forthcoming Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting next week will be exclusively devoted to the subject of coronavirus vaccine.

Read more: FG warns Governors to Stop playing politics with COVID-19.

“Vaccines are no use to us unless the vaccination process takes place. That is a major challenge. Even with the developed economy, what they are busy doing is to set up an infrastructure for the vaccination itself because vaccines will not be of any use if we don’t vaccinate the people. There is a lot of work we have to do in that regard.

“Agencies and our primary healthcare must begin to put the infrastructure in place that when we get the vaccine, they can speedily determine those that will benefit from the vaccine as the vaccine will be available for everyone at the same time. And is another danger. The only vaccine that is free is to adhere to NPIs.

“Vaccination is another ball game altogether. The politics of securing the vaccine is in itself a difficult politics as you require a lot of resources. There will be a lot of competition as everyone wants to get the vaccine over to their country and when you get them, the logistics. Some of them are going to be kept at a temperature of -70. There are refrigerators that have those capabilities but they are scarce. And the big nations will begin to corner all these things by cornering the franchise of the manufacturers. It is a dangerous situation in which the world has found itself and it is a survival of the fittest. My appeal- let stay with what we have for which we don’t pay anything; NPIs,” Mustapha said.

He also said that the first stream of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has concluded camping while the second scheme will go camping on December 3 and the third stream in January next year.

Read the original article on This Day.

838 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Yahaya Bello Allegedly Withdraw Support for Tinubu 

According to the report, Kogi's new stance is informed by permutations in the north-central state ahead of its November governorship election. As a result of...

2023: Atiku, Tinubu in fresh battle over health issues, alleged corruption

Barely 38 days to the presidential election scheduled for February 25, both camps of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party,...

Govs To Meet Emefiele Over New Naira Notes

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, has invited Godwin Emiefele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to a virtual meeting on...

Adamawa senator to appeal removal as APC candidate

Embattled Sen. Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has urged his supporters not to lose sleep over the court ruling that removed him as the candidate...

Multi-party democracy better than military rule, says Buhari

After tasting both systems of government, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday affirmed multiparty system of democracy as a better option to military rule. According to a statement...