Government releases N29.1bn for procurement of J&J COVID-19 Vaccines

*The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed it released N29.1billion to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency for the purchase and deployment of COVID-19 Vaccines in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government says it will procure 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine through the AVAT initiative, coordinated by AFREXIMBank.

Accordingly, the government has disclosed it released N29.1billion to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for purchase and deployment of COVID-19 Vaccines, Daily Nigerian report said.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, stated this at the ‘Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), General Assembly webinar Friday, May 7.

The Minister said the Federal Government would procure 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the AVAT initiative, coordinated by AFREXIMBank.

In respect of the key elements of Nigeria’s vaccine financing strategy, Mrs. Ahmed said that the government is working on a supplementary budget to provide for the cost of vaccine procurement and delivery.

She stated: “The supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccines will cover the cost of additional vaccines over and above those provided by COVAX, as well as the full cost of operations and logistics for delivering the vaccines around the country”.

“The Federal Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 70 percent of eligible (18 years and above) Nigerians over the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years.”

According to the Minister, Nigeria has received commitments from COVAX for COVID-19 vaccines that could cover 43.1 million of the eligible population, as donations from some development partners.

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