Nigeria may spend around $576 million to procure COVID-19 vaccine , it was gathered at the weekend.
The government plans to immunize 70 percent of Nigerians who are at risk of the virus, Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib said.
According to him, free vaccine to immunize 20 percent of those to be vaccinated, will be made available to the country and 91 other countries by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI).
The first batch of 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses from the COVAX facility will arrive in the country at the end of this month or early next month. It will be used in two jabs each on 50,000 Nigerians.
To meet up with vaccination of 50 per cent of Nigerians, the government will need to pay $8 for two doses each.
According to the United Nations data and the data made available by the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigeria’s population is 206 million.
Nigeria’s target is to vaccinate 70 per cent (144.2 million) of its 206 million people.
At the rate of $8 for two doses per person, it will spend at least $576million to vaccinate 50 per cent (72.1million) of the 144.2million people.
Should the country choose to vaccinate half of its total population, which is about 103,000,000, it will spend about $824milion.