The Senate leadership has expressed doubts on existing structures in place for the procurement of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.
This submission was made on Monday during an interactive session between the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the
Ministry of Health and the leadership of the Senate on the second surge of the virus and measures to address it.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan says he is yet to be convinced about Nigeria’s capacity to procure COVID-19 vaccines that
will not endanger the lives of Nigerians .
According to Nigeria’s food and drug regulatory agency, NAFDAC, Nigeria should not be in a hurry to get the vaccines in view of reports of fake products already in the market.
Earlier, the Health Ministry revealed plans to have the vaccines distributed to 70 percent of Nigeria’s population between 2021 and 2022, with a budget of over 156billion naira for each year.