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Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television


Faisal Shuaib, executive director and chief executive officer,
National Primary Health Care Development Agency
(NPHCDA), says provisions would be made for President
Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to
receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television.
Around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are
expected in the country at the end of January.
Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force
(PTF) on COVID-19, held in Abuja on Thursday, Shuaib said
administering the vaccine on live TV is part of efforts to
promote awareness.
He added that frontline health workers would also be given
priority on receiving the vaccine when the doses arrive
Nigeria.
“We will like to see a situation where Mr. president, the
vice-president, the SGF, critical leaders come and take the
vaccine in the full glare of the public to demonstrate that
these vaccines are safe. So we have to make provisions for
those,” he said.
“Even in developed countries, what we have seen is that
apart from the prioritisation of health workers, you have to
also identify critical leaders that you don’t want them to be
wiped off by the virus. For example, in warfare, if you want
to destroy your enemies, you look for specific leaders,
captains, the generals; once you decapitate them, then the
soldiers will become weak.
“So, as much as possible, you do not want to also leave
your leaders vulnerable to COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you
want to prioritise politicians; that is not correct. I
emphasised during the last briefing that we will prioritise
our health workers because they are the ones in direct
contact with cases in isolation units.”
At the PTF briefing on Tuesday, Shuaib had said the country
hopes to get 42 million doses through the COVAX initiative,
to ensure that 40 percent of the country’s population
receives the vaccine in 2021, while another 30 percent will
be vaccinated in 2022.

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