Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has appealed to the Federal Government to take a second have a look at their stipulated Covid-19 finances and relatively, contemplate begging drug producers and wealthy nations for the vaccines.
The former Vice Presidential candidate whereas talking in an interview on Channels Television, lamented on what he felt was an over-the-top and ludicrous finances for the Covid-19 vaccines and suggested that the FG ought to as a substitute, attraction to producers for the vaccine.
Obi, talking on the FG Procurement Budget for the Covid-19 vaccine defined that it makes little sense for Nigeria to apportion 80% of its well being finances for the procurement of Covid-19 solely. He additionally acknowledged that ample Covid-19 vaccine for the nation will be bought for a value approach beneath the determine being put ahead by the FG.
“They said they need N400bn. Our Budget for health this year is N547bn and you are saying that you need 80% of that for vaccine procurement. Assuming that’s what we are going to use the money for. I have checked the vaccine we need to have 70% which WHO has stipulated that if they receive it is okay. The quantity we need cannot cost us more than N150bn. It might be less because there are people who are willing to give vaccines for free,” Obi mentioned.
Mr. Obi took it a step additional by advising the FG on tips on how to go concerning the quest to get Covid-19 vaccines at a less expensive fee. He believes the nation ought to come clean with its poor standing and demand for assist unashamedly. This, he mentioned, will scale back the quantity the FG pays for the Covid-19 vaccines.
“Why don’t we beg manufacturers to donate, saying to them that we don’t have anything. We can go kneel and beg them saying please give us the vaccines. We are from a poor country. Give us a discount. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are poor. It is not a crime. Because you are poor,” Obi added.
Since pharmaceutical corporations and drug producers started discovering and manufacturing vaccines towards the novel Covid-19, there have been issues that the poorer nations may be left far behind within the race to accumulate the vaccines.
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