The most populous African country, Nigeria, is not one of the countries hardest hit by coronavirus, but it fears an acceleration of pollution. As in almost every country on the continent, Nigeria has not yet started vaccinating its population. Meanwhile, the government has just announced its desire to produce vaccines locally against Covid-19.
140 million is the number of people that Nigeria plans to vaccinate against coronavirus in less than two years. This is 70% of the population. This very ambitious vaccination campaign is set to begin in March after receiving 10 million doses, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health, which does not specify the company that will deliver these doses. No indication of the organization that will fund this huge campaign, between the African Union, which will order in a few months 270 million vaccines, particularly at the Pfizer and AstratZeneca laboratories and Covax system launched by the World Health Organization and rich countries to promote equitable access to vaccines around the world.
Faced with uncertainty in the supply of vaccines against Covid-19, the Nigerian government is therefore considering producing it locally so as not to be dependent on imports. According to the health minister, $ 25.2 million has been released to support this project. An amount that will enable Nigerian laboratories to merge with international companies. But the minister gave no details on possible approaches to a US, British, Russian or Chinese laboratory already producing an anticovid vaccine.
An African country – Morocco – will produce Chinese Sinopharm’s vaccine on its soil.