The Federal Government of Nigeria has denied the rumour that it has allotted the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines to rich Nigerians.
The denial was made by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib
He made the remark wwhile featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Wednesday.
He insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken in clear terms that the COVID-19 vaccines are meant for all Nigerians.
It will be recalled that Nigeria, on Tuesday, received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII)
Shuaib said “We’re protecting the vaccines very closely. We have increased security around the vaccines to make sure that unauthorised access is not possible.
“So, we are waiting for NAFDAC. We feel that they’re going to do all of the checks that are necessary, and once they give us the green light, we will be ready to roll out the vaccines.”
Speaking on the rumour that the vaccines have been shared among influential people in the country, Shuaib added, “I will tell you categorically that we haven’t allotted these vaccines to the rich people or to the people in the urban areas, absolutely not. Mr President (Buhari) has been very clear.
“Mr Vice President (Osinbajo) has also added his voice, and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (Boss Mustapha) has communicated this at the Presidential Task Force media briefings.”