By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following suggestions in some quarters that the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines currently in the country have been allotted to rich people in Nigeria, the Federal Government has moved to debunk such claims.
The government’s response to the rumours was disclosed by Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday, where he explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had made it clear that the COVID-19 vaccines are meant for all Nigerians.
In Shuaib’s words, “I will tell you categorically that we haven’t allotted these vaccines to the rich people or to the people in the urban areas, absolutely not. Mr President (Buhari) has been very clear.
“Mr Vice President (Osinbajo) has also added his voice, and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (Boss Mustapha) has communicated this at the Presidential Task Force media briefings.”
According to Shuaib, government was guarding the vaccines very closely and has ramped up security around the vaccines to make sure that unauthorized persons did not gain access to them. He also revealed that the government was waiting for NAFDAC to do all of the checks that are necessary, before proceeding to roll out the vaccines.
Agenda Watchdog recalls that Nigeria, on Tuesday, took delivery of 3.94 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and shipped through the COVAX facility.