Our Priority Is To Obtain COVID-19 Vaccine For Nigerians – Osinbajo

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The Federal Government has emphasised that one of it’s most pressing priorities is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) stated this on Thursday at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which featured presentations by some Heads of State & Governments alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said the government is preoccupied with improving healthcare and the economy post-COVID-19.

“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.

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“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,” he said.

Highlighting the importance of prioritisng interventions and investments in the healthcare system, the Vice President said: “We are encouraging private investment to upscale our health sector, with emphasis on improved facilities and affordable universal healthcare.”

Appreciating leaders across the world for their prompt response and cooperation in controlling the spread of the COVID-19, Osinbajo said: “The sheer scale of disruptions to our lives and livelihoods caused by COVID-19 certainly caught us all by surprise.”

Restating the call for debt relief for developing countries, the Vice President 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”.

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