- The COVID-19 vaccines will arrive Nigeria anytime soon according to the federal government
- This is as the country continues to witness huge numbers in terms of coronavirus infections
- A senior official in the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has given details on the timeline of arrival for the vaccines
The federal government has assured Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccines will arrive the country before the end of the first quarter of the year 2021.
This was disclosed by Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, the national incident manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Dr Muhammad who was a guest on a Channels Television programme on Thursday, January 28 stated that the government is doing its best to get enough vaccines.
He further stated that the government is looking at making sure that at least 70 to 80 percent of Nigerians get vaccinated.
The news comes days after Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, says Nigeria does not need to spend too much on acquiring COVID-19 vaccines but should rather focus more on revitalising its weak and underfunded health sector, especially the country's primary health care centres.
Gates said this while responding to a question posed by a Punch journalist during an interview with select African journalists on Tuesday, January 26.
“There is no doubt that the impact of putting money into the health system particularly the primary healthcare system will be very high in terms of saving children’s lives and you are absolutely right.
“Nigeria should not divert the very limited money that it has for health into trying to pay a high price for COVID vaccines.”
Recall that in the latest Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation annual newsletter, Gates sounded a crucial warning to world leaders about the pandemic to come after the coronavirus.
The billionaire maintained that while everyone across the world is deserving of the scientific breakthroughs of the preceding year, it is not an error to start now to prepare for the next pandemic.
Gates further said his foundation was in the leading position to ensuring that third-world and developing nations lay their hands on available vaccines.
Legit.ng had earlier listed 10 important facts from health experts concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.