The Minister of Health, Dr Ehanire Osagie
said the Federal Government has placed order for 10 million doses of vaccines through the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) of the Africa Union Commission.
He said the AVATT team has secured 270 million doses, with the $2billion backing by Africa Exim Bank for a “whole-of-Africa”.
According to the Minister, the vaccine is expected to be rolled out as from late March or April.
“The quantity we order from AVATT will depend on our capacity to dispense them to avoid wastage, as we have seen in some countries where vaccine management became a problem.
The Federal Ministry of Health organized a National Covid-19 Vaccine Conference to prepare a roadmap for Nigeria’s access to Covid-19 vaccine and review our vaccination strategy. “
He said the covid-19 pandemic is not only disrupting our way of life more and more and impacting national economy and livelihood of citizens, it is generating discussions and anxiety around safety and well-being.
“Conversations go on in conventional, and especially in social media, that can be laden with misinformation and disinformation.
Even more disturbing is that erstwhile trusted and respected persons and organs, who are expected to know better, themselves contribute to the confusion and information chaos.”
Ehanire is also calling on opinion leaders, community gate keepers and the media to rise to the occasion and endeavor to first check their facts and figures, ask necessary questions, and in making their contributions to the discourse, ensure they are constructive and not inflammatory or inciting.
“We cannot, at these moments of anxiety about public health and well-being, afford to spread false information and damaging rumours.
The Ministry of Health will always provide full authentic information to the public on demand, at PTF and at all other fora for briefings. With the number of covid19 cases rising daily, we are in that difficult phase we have been warning about for months, which is the second wave of Covid-19 outbreak, sadly afflicting Europe and the Americas at present, and which we are desperately fighting to prevent. “