COVID-19 Crises: Senate rejects FG’s request to import vaccines

Posted by News Express | 22 December 2020 | 1,055 times

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•Senate President Ahmad Lawan

 

The Senate is concerned at plans by the ministry of Health to import Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate Nigerians against the deadly disease.

The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly is also worried at the inability of officials of the ministry to provide appropriate storage facilities for the medication in the southern part of the country.

The Senate made its position known in Abuja after a presentation by the Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire, on the readiness of the federal government to protect Nigerians from the disease.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed strong lack of confidence in the preparedness of the government to implement COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the country.

In his words, “I have not been convinced with your presentation that we are ready blabla. You have to do much more to convince me that we are ready. This is a matter of life and death. In fact I am a doubting Ahmad.”

The Deputy President of the Senate also joined in saying: “I am a doubting Omo Agage”

Omo-Agege expressed strong worry that the government so far has made preparations for only four cold chains for the vaccines in Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Lagos and asked why the entire South South region is not included in the plan.

He is also worried that the vaccines may lose efficacy on transit to the South South, charging NAFDAC to be sure citizens especially from the zone, do not end up being inoculated with bad vaccines that may do more harm than good. (Daily Independent)


Source: News Express

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