Nigeria minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed says the federal government is working on the kind and quantity of COVID-19 vaccines to purchase.
Speaking on Tuesday during the virtual public presentation of the 2021 budget, Ahmed elucidated that the finance and health ministries would contemplate and finalize an amount to be earmarked for the vaccine acquisition within the next two weeks.
“We agreed that the effort needed to be done so that we have clarity as to whether the provisions to the budget will be adequate or we have to make additional provisions by way of a special supplementary budget to make more provisions for COVID-19 vaccinations,” she said.
Ahmed also highlighted the commitment of legislators to providing an extra budget for additional spending on COVID-19 vaccines if needed.
Making his own comment, Ben Akabueze, budget office director general, said Nigeria is expecting donations of COVID-19 vaccines that will cover 20% of its population and then procure additional 50% of its vaccine requisite to achieve herd immunity.