We're preparing Vaccine For Nigerians - Osinbajo

We're preparing Vaccine For Nigerians - Osinbajo

The Vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo has said that One of Nigeria’s main priorities now is getting the COVID-19 vaccine and this is a matter of utmost concern to the Buhari administration.

In a press release made available to journalists by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, it was revealed that Osinbajo stated this at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum.

Stating what Nigeria’s priorities in its COVID-19 response are, the vice president said, “the priorities of Nigeria in the post COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. First, we need to keep the virus under control. While our guards are still firmly in place, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a matter of utmost concern.”

According to him, “On this, we are encouraged by the efforts of WHO and other international agencies working to ensure that vaccine delivery will be equitable across all countries, regardless of the priority of orders and ability to pay.”

“We are encouraging private investment to upscale our health sector, with emphasis on improved facilities and affordable universal healthcare.”

“The sheer scale of disruptions to our lives and livelihoods caused by COVID-19 certainly caught us all by surprise.”

Restating further, He said “the pandemic underscores the need for adequate financial buffers to cope with the ‘black swan’ events. For many developing countries, the debt burden makes this all but impossible. “We call for debt relief for these countries, and the extension of the Debt Ser- vice Suspension Initiative (DSSI) at least until the end of 2021 as well as commercial debt relief where needed.”

The vice president, had, in previous international forums earlier in the year, made a case for debt relief for developing countries, noting that “the Debt Servic- ing Support Initiative of the G20 is welcome and will no doubt bring some relief to relevant African countries. However, it remains inadequate because it does not address the problem of commercial debt service obligations.”

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