The Federal Government has lamented that Nigeria “is still in the danger zone” due to its inability to get the full complement of COVID-19 vaccines needed to innoculate the population.
Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, said this when he received Ambassador, Gill Atkinson, the British Deputy High Commissioner, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Nigeria is far from achieving herd immunity, warning that the mass community transmission of the virus could be impending.
He explained that the initial plan of the government was to vaccinate 40 per cent of the population in 2021 and the remaining 30 per cent in 2022.
He, however, stated that with the latest development, only two million persons (one per cent of the estimated population) would be fully vaccinated when the exercise was completed.
He said: “The clear indication and signal is that Nigeria is still in the danger zone.
“The chances of mass community transmission are still there because by the time we complete this phase of vaccination, only one per cent of the population would have been fully vaccinated.
“We need support because our initial schedule was that we would try as much as possible to vaccinate, through the support of COVAX and Harvard facility, 40 per cent in 2021 and 30 per cent in 2022. What we are succeeding to do now is a far cry from that.”
Mustapha called on the United Kingdom and other developed countries to assist with vaccines as soon as possible so as to be able to vaccinate more Nigerians and prevent the third wave of the virus in the country.