Nigeria is engaged on what kind and amount of COVID19 vaccines to acquire and can make monetary provision for them in its 2021 price range, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed mentioned on Tuesday.
- Last Updated: January 12, 2021, 17:45 IST
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Africa’s most populous nation has not been as hard-hit by the pandemic as others on the continent, equivalent to South Africa, however it’s within the grip of a second wave of infections.
Nigerian authorities have beforehand mentioned the nation is working with the COVAX programme backed by the World Health Organization and expects to obtain its first doses in January.
Ahmed mentioned the finance and well being ministries ought to finalize an quantity to allocate to vaccine procurement throughout the subsequent two weeks. She mentioned ministers additionally held talks with lawmakers about budgeting measures.
“We agreed that the effort needed to be done so that we have clarity as to whether the provisions to the budget will be adequate or we have to make additional provisions by way of a special supplementary budget to make more provisions for COVID-19 vaccinations,” she mentioned.
Nigeria expects to obtain COVID-19 vaccine donations that can cowl 20% of its inhabitants after which procure extra 50% of its vaccine requirement to attain herd immunity, the nation’s price range head mentioned.
The donations will embrace all kinds of vaccines, Ben Akabueze, director common of the Budget workplace, instructed a digital convention throughout the 2021 price range presentation.
As of Tuesday, Nigeria had 101,3314 confirmed circumstances and 1,361 deaths.
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