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Ben Akabueze, the Director-General of the Budget Office has revealed that about 103 million Nigerians will benefit from the COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed by the Federal Government.
Making this revelation during the breakdown of the 2021 budget in Abuja on Tuesday, Akabueze disclosed that the Federal government was going to pay for the vaccination of 50 per cent of the country's population in a bid to achieve herd immunity.
“There is a global alliance to support economically weak nations with vaccines. Our understanding of the current plan is that we will be getting vaccines donations to cover up to 20 percent of our population.
“But the global standards say that to achieve herd immunity you have to vaccine at least 70 percent of the population and so there is a 50 percent of the population that we may be required to pay for their own vaccination.”
“Already, there is an inter-ministerial committee looking at this matters and the assurance is that government will do whatever is needful to keep the citizens and economy safe even if it means coming back with a supplementary budget,” Akabueze said.
Recall that the lawmakers had increased the 2021 budget to make provision for the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to Nigerians.