The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said his government was in touch with manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lagos is the epicentre of the virus in the country with 44, 940 cases in total, the highest.
“We have started a conversation with some of the vaccine manufacturers,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“Pfizer for example, I have made contact with them, Johnson and Johnson are not out yet, the Moderna has written to us and we have written back to them.”
Part of the funding for the purchase of vaccines, the Governor added, will be sourced from the private sector.
“The conversations are still at various levels,” he said. “We are speaking with the organised private sector so they can help us raise some of the finance that is required.
“We have our friends in the private sector who are saying to us that they understand this is a public health issue but we also can work with you. The citizens are your citizens but they also are our staff.”
The Governor also noted that the state is only looking to vaccinate about 50 to 60 percent of the population in order to achieve herd immunity against the virus.
We don’t have to vaccinate the 20 or 22 million population that we have,” he said. “The plan is to ensure that there is herd immunity and that typically demands about 50 to 60 percent of your population.”
Lagos state recorded 360 new cases of the virus on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
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