The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has announced that Nigerians will start getting coronavirus vaccine from January, 2021 but that the producers are not giving any indemnity.
Dr. Enahire, who answered reporters’ questions today, December 16 after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said: “we have signed up with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Gavi for access to vaccines immediately they are available. But you know that these vaccines are new and are in packets and the producers aren’t given any indemnity.
“These countries where these vaccines are manufactured, have of course, given themselves the priority to serve themselves and we hope that the pressure from the WHO and Gavi will be able to get reserves for other countries that aren’t manufacturing and they’ll be able to attend to what will be signed up to.
“We signed up for advanced market participation in Covax; so, if we will be able to get our own, I think it’ll be in January.”
The virtual FEC meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while President Muhammadu Buhari joined virtually from his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.