Thursday, January 21, 2021

Medical associations emphasise transparency in distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

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The Nigerian Medical Association, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and a coalition of labour and civil society organisations, the Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, have advised the Federal Government to ensure transparency in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

NMA, NANNM and ASCAB in separate interviews said priority should be given to frontline health workers and the aged during vaccination of Nigerians against deadly coronavirus.

The group said this as Ogun, Oyo, and Cross River states faulted the number of COVID-19 doses allocated to them by the Federal Government.

On its part, the Benue State Government said the issue of allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses ought to have been discussed at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

However Lagos and Oyo states say they plan to buy COVID-19 vaccines.

All the states said they were not involved in deciding the sharing formula for the vaccine doses.

The Federal Government had last week said it was expecting 100,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine before the end of the month.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib said the country would later in the year receive 42 million free doses of COVID-19 vaccines.