The BUA Group, one of Africa’s largest conglomerates, has purchased 1m doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for Nigeria.
The doses are expected to arrive next week and contribute towards vaccinating Africa’s largest populous nation. The BUA shipment of vaccines will be Nigeria’s first lot since vaccines have become available. A statement released by BUA founder, Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu, thanked the coordination of the Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the president of the Afrexim Bank Dr Benedict Oramah for initialy making the purchase of the 1million vaccines.
“BUA decided to secure these 1million vaccines by paying the full amount for the vaccines today because these vaccines became available only last week through AFREXIM. We expect the vaccines to be delivered within the next 14 days and hope priority will be given to our frontline workers who have committed their lives to managing the pandemic,” Rabiu said.
Rabiu later added “In addition to the 1m doses purchased, BUA Group are committed to purchasing an additional 5 million doses for Nigeria as soon as they become available’.
The first group to be inoculated includes Health care workers and front line staff members. This approach has been taken by many nations around the world in an attempt to protect those most at risk of the virus.
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Source: This Day, February 2021