The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF, has set up a team of medical experts to advice State governors on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines in the country.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi stated this at the 24th teleconference with his colleagues.
After a presentations by a team of medical experts to the governors on the countrys preparedness for the procurement and administration of COVID vaccines and the level of collaboration that was required from various stakeholders; Governor Fayemi said the committee will be led by a Professor Virologist, Oyewale Tomori,
The Forum received briefings from three medical experts including Professor Oyewale Tomori, leading Virologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Nigeria; Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); Dr. Pamela Ajayi Founder/Managing Director Synlab Nigeria, President Healthcare Federation of Nigeria and Dr. Egbe Dawodu, Founding Partner of the Anadach Group on the countrys preparedness for the procurement and administration of COVID vaccines and the level of collaboration required from all stakeholders, including the federal, state governments and the private sector. This made the Forum to set up a team of experts led by Professor Oyewale Tomori to advice State governors on the procurement and administration of coronavirus vaccines in the country.
Governor Fayemi, says the leadership of forum has also met with the Chairman of the Board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, GAVI, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the rollout of the COVAX facility which is a global risk-sharing mechanism to facilitate the procurement and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across developing countries.
He stressed that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has indicated that vaccines will be administered in four phases, based on vaccine the type and availability first for frontline health workers and people that are 55years and above base on the underlying medical conditions and other target groups.
We have met with the leadership of GAVI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to facilitate pooled procurement and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across developing countries. Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines. The first target group will be frontline health workers, then the aged (55yrs and above),”.
The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who is the Chairman of the NGF Sub- Committee that is interfacing with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 reported with concern on the high rise of positive cases in the country and called on Governors create more awareness for Nigerians to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.
On the recent pronouncement that was made by a member of the Forum, the Governor of Kogi state that the Covid-19 vaccine was not safe in a national daily, the Forum categorically dissociated itself from the statement, emphasizing that it will continue to be guided by the advised of medical experts to ensure that every decision is taken on public interest.