OrderPaperToday – The Federal Government is exploring all possible avenue to bring home Nigerian scientists outside the country who have contributed in producing the COVID-19 Vaccines internationally to replicate the same feat in their home country, Nigeria.
President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan revealed this after a joint meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The senate president noted that the meeting with the President was primarily focused on how to improve security situation in the country as well as how to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to Nigerians.
The Senate President further noted that “the US is not allowing vaccines to go out of US. EU is not allowing, AstraZeneca vaccine produced in UK to be sent out of EU. India is not allowing AstraZeneca vaccine they produce to be exported out. So where do we go from here?
He said this is the time for the country to allocate more resources into the health sector to propel indigenous vaccine that can take care of Nigerians and other African countries.
“We will have to fall back on our own capacities and abilities. And we have great scientists in this country. We have many Nigerians outside Nigeria, who are also helping to develop the vaccines in other countries. So why don’t you bring them home? Why don’t you put some resources so they will also produce ours locally here and take care of our population, and later other African countries especially our neighbours.“
Dr. Lawan also spoke on rumours that the National Assembly will consider the request from a vaccine candidate asking for $100 million for trial, noting that things don’t work that way as “there will be proper and serious engagement because vaccines developed in Nigeria may be subjected to international assessments.”
Reporting by Kenneth Chinonso