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Nigerian Manufacturers Ready To Produce Vaccines, Tinubu Tells Gavi CEO

President Bola Tinubu has called on Gavi, the vaccine alliance, to collaborate with potential Nigerian vaccine manufacturers to ensure equitable access to life-saving vaccines for children and adults.

Tinubu said this on Thursday at the State House in Abuja during a meeting with a delegation of Gavi led by its Chief Executive Officer Sania Nishtar.

He said partnerships on local vaccine production have become necessary owing to the challenges faced by developing countries, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious disease outbreaks.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the President Ajuri Ngelale quoted Tinubu as assuring the Gavi CEO of Nigeria’s commitment to fulfilling its outstanding counterpart contributions for routine vaccines for the year 2023.

Tinubu stated that his administration is focused on ensuring that no child is left behind when it comes to vaccination against preventable childhood diseases.

In her remarks, the Gavi CEO congratulated the Nigerian government on its innovative health-sector initiatives, including increasing budgetary allocations to health to 4.6 percent and commitment to providing HPV vaccines for adolescent girls, among others.

She announced Gavi’s commitment to providing a $250m grant support to Nigeria, as well as its dedication to addressing vaccine inequity in Africa through initiatives like the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator which has earmarked $1b to support the sustainable growth of Africa’s manufacturing base for vaccine production.

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