COVID-19: FG to procure 29.5 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, releases N29.1bn

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said the supplementary budget being prepared by her ministry will cover the cost of procuring and delivering 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a statement by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister, Yunusa Abdullahi, on Friday, the minister disclosed this at the 18th Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative webinar.

The statement was titled ‘FG committed to procuring 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.’

“The supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccines will cover the cost of additional vaccines over and above those provided by COVAX, as well as the full cost of operations and logistics for delivering the vaccines around the country,” the minister was quoted as saying,” it said.

She confirmed the release of N29.1bn as an advance for operational cost of deployment of the vaccines.

“Already, the sum of N29.1bn has been released from the routine immunisation budgetary provision (Service Wide Vote) to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency as an advance for the operational cost of deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines.

“The N29.1bn represents about 52 per cent of the amount required over 2021-22,” she added.

She added that the Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible Nigerians (18 years and above) over the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years.

Ahmed also said the World Bank had indicated a willingness to provide needed facilities in support of Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

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