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“We need 400bn for COVID-19 vaccine” — Minister of Health

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Health Minister Osagie Ehanire says the federal government needs around N400 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.

He announced this during a briefing with the Senate leadership in Abuja. He said the federal government is ready for a COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives.

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He said it would take approximately N400 billion to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s 200 million plus population, at a cost of US $ 8 per person.

The minister added that N156 billion will be needed in 2021 while N200 billion will be used for vaccination in 2022.

Regarding storage, the minister stated that the COVID-19 vaccines will be stored in the same storage facilities (cold chains) where the polio vaccines are stored.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan expressed a lack of confidence in the ability of the Federal Ministry of Health to effectively store and distribute the COVID-19 vaccines upon arrival in the country.

He said the National Assembly was ready to help fund the vaccines, but added that the ministry needed to do more.

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