- NCDC has assured Nigerians that it will ensure that everyone has access to COVID-19 vaccines when available
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the NCDC gave the assurance at a briefing in Abuja
- Ihekweazu pointed out that it is important for people to have access to a vaccine when it is developed
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has assured Nigerians that it will ensure that citizens have access to COVID-19 vaccines when available.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC on Monday, August 3, told the press at a briefing in Abuja that the health agency is working closely with the global community to ensure the vaccines are available when ready, NAN reported.
The director-general said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the fourth quarter of 2020, going by what's happening in the global scientific community.
He pointed out that it is important for people to have access to a vaccine when it is developed.
“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.
“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those who need it the most," Ihekweazu said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has warned against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which it said will be disastrous to the economy of the country and lives.
Speaking during the COVID-19 presidential task force briefing on Monday, August 3, Dr Sani Aliyu who is the coordinator of the committee gave the warning.
Sani urged "businesses that are reopening to align themselves" with the safety protocols and guidelines of the coronavirus.
Nigeria's Covid-19 hit 44,129 confirmed cases on Monday with 20,663 recoveries and 896 deaths after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 288 new cases.
In another report, an Abuja-based lawyer, Damilare Ojo, has shared his coronavirus experience and how he got infected. He said following the rise in COVID-19 cases, he became more conscious of his environment.
However, when lockdown was extended by another two weeks, the lawyer added that he lost belief in the numbers put out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), The Nation reported.
Damilare said that his lack of belief in the disease was partly caused by the fact that he did not know anyone who had been affected.
With that disbelief, he began easing his movement restrictions and going out more without putting on a face mask.
That, he said, was the big mistake. Days after, on Saturday, May 9, he noticed a rise in his temperature accompanied by fever, making his night very unbearable.
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