Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said that the Federal Government has released N10 billion to support domestic or local vaccine production.
According to the Minister, the government is already exploring the option of adopting the local production of the vaccines as they began to talk with the producer.
This was said on Monday in a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19.
All You Need To Know About The First Batch of the incoming Covid-19 Vaccine In Nigeria
According to what we heard, the first set of Nigerians will get Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in March 2021.
Normally, the Federal Government is expecting the delivery of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of January.
The local vaccine is a donation from the Covax facility and the purpose is to reduce the transmission of the virus in the country.
According to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), the first batch of the incoming Covid-19 vaccine is not for everyone.
Who is the first batch of people to receive the local Vaccine?
- Health workers who are working in isolation and treatment centre nationwide will be the first people to get this vaccine.
- Strategic leaders
- Other frontline workers like immigration officers
- Some Police and customs officers.
- People who work in Covid-19 lab.
- Nigerians whose age are 56 years and above
- People with serious illness
How much will the vaccine cost?
According to the Federal Government, the first batch of vaccine is actually free for everyone but people will only have to pay money to get immunised.
This is because the Federal Government got the vaccine as a donation from the Covax facility.
However, Nigeria is planning to even buy more vaccine doses just like the way South Africa’s government paid to acquire a million doses of the vaccine in order to immunise citizens.
Will any Other Vaccine enter Nigeria?
Yes, the Nigerian Government has started a dialogue with China, Russia and other prominent people to get about 42 million doses of another different type of Covid-19 vaccine.
The NPHCDA which is in charge of the vaccine will be the one to introduce the vaccine in four phases.
For the first quarter of the year, Pfizer vaccine will be available in the country while another vaccine-like Moderna will come within the second, third and fourth phase.