The Federal government has made a request to the African Union for 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to supplement the COVAX programme.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who also said the government has allocated $26 million for licensed vaccine production. Nigeria presently has 110,387 confirmed cases and 1,435 deaths.
According to AU chair and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the African Union has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers for member states.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health during interaction with the press on Monday also disclosed that;
“Nigeria has written to express interest in 10 million doses of the viral vector vaccine, which could be supplied as from March 2021.
“This vaccine does not require deep freezers.”
Dr. Ehanire further said the ministry of finance had released 10 billion naira ($26.27 million) to support domestic vaccine output as Nigeria was exploring options of “licensed production in collaboration with recognised institutions”.