- The federal government says COVID-19 vaccines have not been allocated to rich people
- According to the government, in less than 24 hours about 2.3 million Nigerians registered to take the vaccines
- Faisal Shuaib, executive director of NPHCDA said those who require the vaccine are going to take it first and there will be no compromise
The report that the coronavirus vaccine has been allocated to some rich people has been denied by the federal government.
This was disclosed by Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in an interview with Channels TV.
According to him, about 2.3 million Nigerians have registered to take the vaccines in less than 24 hours after the portal was opened.
About the allegation that the vaccines have been allocated, he said:
"We have not allocated these vaccines to the rich or those in the cities... those who require the vaccines are going to take it first, we will not compromise on that."
Legit.ng reported that the federal government launched a portal for Nigerians to register themselves for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the delivery of N3.92 million doses of vaccine.
This was made known in a tweet by the NPHCDA on Monday, March 1. The development was also confirmed by presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, who noted that the portal has been opened.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the COVID-19 registration portal recently launched by the NPHCDA was causing ripples in the country's medical field with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) faulting the move by the federal government.
Prof. Innocent Uja, the president of the medical association on Monday, March 1, said the online registration would violate the agreement of vaccinating frontline workers first before anyone else, The Punch reports.
According to Uja, there was an agreement that frontline workers, Nigerians from the age of 60 and above, people with hypertension, liver disease, as well as security operatives would be the first to take the vaccine.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.