COVID-19: NCDC reveals why Nigeria may not get vaccine when it becomes available

By AdvocateNews on 14/05/2020

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 923

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has admitted the country may not have access to the COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available.

Ihekweazu, speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, explained that “the market for diagnosis is stood in such a way that access is a big problem for us down here.”

The NCDC boss also made it clear that Nigeria must work with the global health community in order to get access.

Ihekweazu said: “You know the end of this outbreak will come when we get a vaccine, but getting a vaccine doesn’t mean inevitably that we will have access to it.

“We have had a vaccine to human papillomavirus for the last 10 years. But because this vaccine costs about $50 per shot, we don’t have access to it in Nigeria.

“Why don’t we have access? Because the market for diagnosis is stood in such a way that access is a big problem for us down here.

“We must fight to have more access to therapeutics, to medical countermeasures and to everything we need to fight this disease way into the future.”

There are currently almost 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Posted 14/05/2020 10:40:40 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Power generation collapses to 145MW

COVID-19: Nigerian student dies in US weeks from...

Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians arrive Lagos from South Africa...

2019: APC chieftain dares Buhari, declares support for...

Lagos APC primaries: State chairman disagrees with NWC,...

Bandits massacre 29 people in Zamfara

Buhari assures on new minimum wage as workers...

50 kidnapped, 300 injured in Anambra communal clash...

Police disrupt PDP protest, rough handle Melaye, others...

Fed Govt blames traditional rulers for North-West violence...

INEC declares Yahaya Bello winner of Kogi governorship...

Gov. Ugwuanyi awards N2.4bn state, federal road projects...

 

Latest News Breaking: Lagos lawmaker Tunde Braimoh is dead 12 burnt to death in Bayelsa road accident 10,000 farmers get farm inputs support in Kaduna State Nigerian govt ends subsidy on petrol Fear grips Nsukka LG staff as Priiest discovers Charm in secretariat Buhari affirms Magu’s suspension, directs Mohammed Umar to take charge Nigeria develops test kit for COVID-19 Appointments: Femi Adesina clears air on Buhari’s alleged hatred for Igbo COVID-19: Veritas University orders students back to campus “EFCC came to my house by mistake,” says Abdulsalami Abubakar Wike sacks perm sec for flouting COVID-19 guidelines Osinbajo denies receiving N4bn from Magu

 

Most Read I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (37,794 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (26,040 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (17,456 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (17,186 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (16,340 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (16,331 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (15,913 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (15,238 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (14,233 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (14,052 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (13,444 views) France wins 2018 World Cup Final (12,801 views)

 

SECTIONS EDITORIAL (11) NEWS (2,943) POLITICS (447) SOCIETY (118) SPORTS (28) BUSINESS (307) HEALTH (41) EDUCATION (31) ENTERTAINMENT (18) INTERNATIONAL (67) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (1) OPINION (22)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands