Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria lacks the resources to pre -pay for COVID – 19 vaccine.
He has , therefore , appealed to Europe to work closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed, it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and accessible manner .
According to a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande , the Vice – President spoke at the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA Forum with the theme , ‘ Towards a realistic Euro -African partnership during and beyond the COVID -19 era’ held on Friday .
Akande ’ s statement was titled , ‘ COVID -19 pandemic: Vaccine distribution should be accessible to all , not on the basis of highest bidder , says Osinbajo at EURAFRICA Forum.’
He quoted Osinbajo as saying that “ Although Nigeria does not have the resources or means to pre -pay for a COVID – 19 vaccine, we are fortunate to be a GAVI supported country and we urge the EU to lend support to GAVI ’s effort to ensure equitable global access to COVID -19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.
“ This way, poorer countries and their citizens will get the vaccines that they need at the same time as the rest of the world .”
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