Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has expressed that the federal government has approved the release of N10 billion to support local production of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He revealed this at the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, held on Monday in Abuja.
He expressed that the Federal Government is working to develop the country’s own vaccines.
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The minister stated that the government is exploring the option of local production of the vaccines in the country and have had discussions with a producer.
The minister also stated that the country is making arrangements to ensure improved access to the vaccine when available.
He explained that the first consignment of vaccine doses will arrive within weeks, and will cover 20 percent of the population.
He, however, added that there are plans to increase the figure to cover 50 percent.