The Federal Government has said it will procure 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, disclosed this at the 18th Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative webinar on Friday, according to a statement issued by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister, Yunusa Abdullahi.
Ahmed explained that a supplementary budget has been prepared by her ministry to facilitate the purchase of the vaccine through the AVAT initiative, coordinated by AFREXIMBank.
She also stated that N29.1 billion has been released by the Federal Government as an advance for the operational cost of deployment of the vaccines.
The statement read: “Therefore, the supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccines will cover the cost of additional vaccines over and above those provided by COVAX, as well as the full cost of operations and logistics for delivering the vaccines around the country.
“Already, the sum of N29.1bn has been released from the Routine Immunization budgetary provision (Service Wide Vote) to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) as an advance for the operational cost of deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines. The N29.1bn represents about 52 per cent of the amount required over 2021-22.”
Considering key elements of Nigeria’s vaccine financing strategy, the minister said that the government is working on a supplementary budget to provide for the cost of vaccine procurement and delivery.
“The Federal Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 70 per cent of eligible (18 years and above) Nigerians over the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years,” the statement read.
Ahmed noted that the nation has received commitments from COVAX for COVID-19 vaccines that could cover 43.1 million of the eligible population, as donations from some development partners.