Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria may get COVID-19 vaccines in the next 10 days.
Ehanire conveyed the hope on Saturday in Lagos.
“We are told that by the end of this month, which is about 10 days from now, we shall get the vaccines,’’ the minister said.
“We do not produce the vaccines. They are manufactured abroad in about four or five countries,’’ he informed newsmen at the end of an inspection tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba.
Ehanire explained that the USA, the UK, Russia and China that had succeeded in producing the vaccines were now giving licences to other countries to reproduce them.
The minister mentioned that, “South Africa has a licence to make the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, while Britain only recently gave India the licence to produce AstraZeneca’’.
He said that countries that produced the vaccines were having serious challenges with COVID-19 and decided to take action to their needs first, the situation was described by WHO as vaccine nationalism.
Ehanire mentioned that while the whole world was troubled with the pangs of COVID-19, about 75 percent of vaccines that were produced were being used in 10 countries.
The minister emphasized that Nigeria had put all facilities in place to receive the vaccines.