The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Thursday, officially declared the second wave of the virus in Nigeria.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, represented by Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika stated during the daily media briefing said Nigeria has entered a second wave of infections and stands the risk of losing the gains from the hard work of the last nine months.
According to him, while the country in the last two weeks on the one hand, received cheering news of the COVID-19 vaccine on the other hand, “we have witnessed spikes in number of infections at home and abroad. The real threat is upon humanity and the progress made in the global health sector in the last five decades or more.”
Meanwhile the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said Nigerians would start getting COVID-19 vaccine from January, 2021.
Briefing newsmen after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Enahire said, “We’ve signed up with the World Health Organisation and Gavi for access to vaccines immediately they’re available. But you know that these vaccines are new and are in packets and the producers aren’t given any indemnity.
He said, “these countries where these vaccines are manufactured, have of course, given themselves the priority to serve themselves and we hope that the pressure from the WHO and Gavi will be able to get reserves for other countries that aren’t manufacturing and they’ll be able to attend to what will be signed up to. We signed up for advanced market participation in Covax; so, if we will be able to get our own, I think it’ll be in January.”