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Covid-19: FG Releases N29.1bn For 29.5 Million Doses Of Johnson Vaccine

As the tackling of Covid-19 continues, Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has stated that the supplementary budget being prepared by her ministry will cover the cost of procuring and delivering 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

This was disclosed in a statement by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications Yunusa Abdullahi on Friday, at the 18th Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative webinar.

The statement which was titled ‘FG committed to procuring 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’, stated that.

“The supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccines will cover the cost of additional vaccines over and above those provided by COVAX, as well as the full cost of operations and logistics for delivering the vaccines around the country,” the minister was quoted as saying.”

She attested that, “Already, the sum of N29.1bn has been released from the routine immunisation budgetary provision (Service Wide Vote) to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency as an advance for the operational cost of deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines.”

“The N29.1bn represents about 52 per cent of the amount required over 2021-22,” she added.

According to reports, Ahmed disclosed that the Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible Nigerians (18 years and above) over the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years, adding that the World Bank had indicated a willingness to provide needed facilities in support of Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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