Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that the state government is currently having discussion with manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine.
At present, Lagos has the highest cases of covid-19 in Nigeria with 35,804 cases.
The Governor said: “We have started a conversation with some of the vaccine manufacturers,” Sanwo-Olu said during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Pfizer for example, I have made contact with them, Johnson and Johnson are not out yet, the Moderna has written to us and we have written back to them.”
He also revealed that Part of the funding for the vaccines, the Governor added, will be from the private sector.
“The conversations are still at various levels,” he said. “We are speaking with the organised private sector so they can help us raise some of the finance that is required.
“We have our friends in the private sector who are saying to us that they understand this is a public health issue but we also can work with you. The citizens are your citizens but they also are our staff.”
Acccording to him, his Government can only to vaccinate about 50 to 60 percent of the population.
“We don’t have to vaccinate the 20 or 22 million population that we have,” he said. “The plan is to ensure that there is herd immunity and that typically demands about 50 to 60 percent of your population.”