Infectious diseases bill: Dino Melaye drags Gbajabiamila to court

Infectious diseases bill: Dino Melaye drags Gbajabiamila to court

- Dino Melaye has dragged Gbajabiamila to court over infectious diseases bill

- The bill on control of infectious diseases also recommends compulsory vaccination in the country

- Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, sponsored the bill

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The former senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has dragged the speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to court over a bill on control of infectious diseases which recommends compulsory vaccination in the country.

The former National Assembly member disclosed his action against Gbajabiamila in a tweet on Monday, May 4.

Titled Bill for an Act to repeal the Quarantine Act, and enact the Control of Infectious Diseases bill, was sponsored by Gbajabiamila.

The bill which also passed second reading in the House of Representatives seeks to empower the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and make it more proactive.

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When the bill becomes law, the NCDC will be empowered and may administer necessary vaccines to curb the spread of pandemics.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates said he will be funding the construction of factories for seven different potential coronavirus vaccines.

The businessman, who made the disclosure on Trevor Noah's The Daily Show, said two of the vaccines will eventually be picked after billions of dollars has gone into the seven vaccines.

Legit.ng noted that Gates said: "Because our foundation has such deep expertise in infectious diseases, we've thought about the epidemic, we did fund some things to be more prepared like a vaccine effort, our early money can accelerate things."

He said it is worth wasting a few billion where there are trillions of dollars being lost in the current situation the world finds itself.

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His words: "Even though we'll end up picking at most two of them, we're going to fund factories for all seven just so we don't waste time in serially saying 'ok which vaccine works' and then building the factory.

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"It'll be a few billion dollars we'll waste on manufacturing for the constructs that don't get picked because something else is better. But a few billion in this situation we're in, where there's trillions of dollars [...] being lost economically, it is worth it."

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