Nigerian govt in talks with China on COVID-19 vaccine
Nigeria government is in talks with China to procure COVID-19 vaccines, the country’s foreign minister stated on Tuesday.
Geoffery Onyeama was addressing newsmen in Abuja following a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, who is on a working visit to African countries.
“We are engaging with China to help us access COVID-19 vaccines,” The Guardian Nigeria newspaper quoted him as saying.
Onyeama said China was of great help to Nigeria at the advent of the pandemic, noting that the donation of PPE assisted the nation fight COVID-19.
Moreover, last month, Isaac Adewole, the country’s health minister, said Nigeria expects to receive its first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in January.
He further noted that while a committee was in place to handle vaccines, the government was also working with the COVAX Facility, which is backed by the World Health Organization, to procure doses.
Nigeria had 91,315 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 1,318 related deaths.