Don’t use your limited health fund to buy COVID-19 vaccines, Bill Gates advises FG

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Bill Gates has cautioned the Nigerian government not to use its limited health fund to pay a high price for COVID-19 vaccines.

Gates said this Tuesday night, during a virtual press conference ahead of the launch of the 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letters.

The American Philanthropist noted that waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing for Nigeria.

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He added that investing proposed vaccine funds into other health-related areas would assist to deepen vaccine coverage and save the lives of Nigerians.

Gavi is co-leading COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. This involves coordinating the COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual COVID-19 vaccines.

Recall that the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr Faisal Shuaib had said Nigeria aimed to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population to stop transmission of COVID-19.

Shuaib also said about 40 per cent of the population would be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, the remaining 30 per cent before the end of 2022.