The Federal Government would pay for vaccination of about 50 percent of the Nigerian population against COVID-19, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has said.
Mrs. Ahmed spoke on Tuesday while answering questions at the virtual public presentation of the 2021 budget.
“First, we are aware that we are expecting donations. As you know, 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% of our population.
“But then, the global standards say that to achieve immunity you have to vaccine at least 70% of the population and so there is a 50% of the population that we may be required to pay for their own vaccination.
“There is inter-ministerial committee looking at this matter 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,” Ahmed said.