The Senate has urged the Federal Government to make enough funds obtainable for procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.
It described as unlucky the failure by authorities to provide a plan for the acquisition, distribution and administration of the remedy even though many countries globally had completed so.
Adopting a movement sponsored on Thursday, Dec 3, by Senator Oloriegbe Ibrahim during plenary presided over by Senate President Ahmad Lawan in Abuja, the higher legislative chamber directed its Committee on Well being and Main Well being Care to summon the Ministries of Well being and Finance, in addition to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and different related companies for his or her plans.
The lawmakers regretted that “the only plan on COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria is the pledge by Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) to support 20 per cent of the country’s requirement.”
This help, in accordance with them, would cowl only the price of the remedy with out taking good care of logistics for distribution and administration.
The legislature added: “Despite the change in the epidemiology trends of the disease, the financial plan developed by the country and World Bank in April 2020 to fund the response to the pandemic is still being implemented without taking due cognisance of the changes by re-allocating the funds to vaccine procurement.”
It noted that failure to manage vaccines within the nation would lead to Nigeria’s lack of ability to comprise additional infections and a potential ban on Nigerians by nations internationally.