Following the Federal Government’s earlier pronouncement that the Covid-19 vaccine would be available in Nigeria at the end of January, Kayode Fayemi who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum has announced that Nigeria has been selected among 12 African nations that will get the vaccines for developing countries by the end of February.
This had been revealed in a communique which was made public on Thursdays after a virtual meeting of the NGF held on Wednesday .
According to the communique, “The NGF Chairman, H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, briefed State governors on a meeting with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, on the rollout of the COVAX facility which is a global risk-sharing mechanism co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the World Health Organization to facilitate pooled procurement and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across developing countries.
The communique also revealed that “Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated the readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines.