The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has revealed that about 80 million doses of covid-19 vaccines would soon be available in the country to immunize 40 percent of the population this year.
This, he said was part of measures being put in place to stem the tide of the deadly virus this year, adding that another batch of 60 million doses would arrive in 2022.
Governor Fayemi disclosed this while delivering a paper, “The role of Nigeria’s State Governments in Recovery: Responses to covid-19 linked Challenges”, at the Chatham House Africa Programme.
Dr Fayemi at the virtual conference which held via Zoom, said the amount of vaccines being expected was released by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), during a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) last week.
He however said that beyond government’s procurement of vaccines, the NGF has remained a strong proponents of the utilisation of public-private partnerships in vaccines procurement as a means of closing the gap between what is available and what is necessary to achieve herd immunity
The governor therefore called for increased investment in health security towards combating Covid19 through collaboration between state and federal governments in raising more than $75 million to provide medical supplies, equipment, isolation and treatment Centres and food for the vulnerable in the society.