- World leaders have been urged to make Covid-19 vaccine accessible and affordable
- Professor Yemi Osinbajo, speaking during a virtual meeting with world leaders, said the vaccine should not be for higher bidders
- The Nigerian vice president noted that this is the only way to eradicate the highly-ravaging virus
Yemi Osinbajo, vice president of Nigeria, has called for equitable accessibility to novel Covid-19 vaccinee by all countries across the world when it is finally out.
Osinnbajo made this call on Friday, September 4, during the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA forum themed “Towards a realistic Euro-African partnership during and beyond the COVID-19 era.”
He said that the Covid-19 vaccine should not be based on higher bidder if there is a sincere collective fight against the highly-ravaging virus.
The vice president, who noted that developing countries like Nigeria may not quickly afford the vaccine, urged the European powerhouses to work with Africa in order to ensure that the vaccine is accessible.
“Europe should work closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and in an accessible manner.
“This is a matter that should not be taken for granted. We saw during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in richer parts of the world, that orders for test kits and reagents by African countries were deemed too small and tended to be ignored," Osinbajo said.
The summit, it was gathered, featured presentations from notable global leaders including the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres, the prime minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia Silva, among other speakers.
There are official 26,622,706 cases of Covid-19 in the world with 874,708 deaths and 17,717,911 recoveries.
On the other hands, Nigeria has 54,743 cases, 1,051 fatalities and 42,816 recoveries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Federal Ministry of Health has corrected earlier reports that the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine has been given to the Nigerian Government.
The ministry, in a statement signed by its director, Information, Media and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, noted that the vaccine is still in the custody of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Nigeria, Daily Trust reports.
It will be recalled that Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, had a meeting with Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, September 4.
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