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COVID 19 Vaccine: Okonjo Iweala Slams Nigeria

COVID 19 Vaccine: Okonjo Iweala Slams Nigeria

  • The director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has expressed worry about the reliance of Nigeria on developed countries for COVID vaccine
  • While speaking at the National Diaspora Day celebration, the WTO boss stated that Nigeria and the rest of the continent had to step up efforts in vaccine production
  • The former minister of foreign affairs also preached the right for Nigerians in the diaspora to vote

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is worried about Africa’s over-reliance on developed countries for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

During a virtual appearance at this year’s National Diaspora Day celebration in Abuja, the WTO DG encouraged Nigeria to step up its capacity to produce the COVID vaccine.

Okonjo-Iweala claimed that the country is capable of creating vaccines, adding that two Nigerians in the diaspora have been able to do so.

The former minister of finance revealed that during a meeting with COVID vaccine-manufacturing companies, they promised to increase their output.

She added that despite a 45% increase in vaccine production in May, most of the manufactured vaccines ended up in developed countries, leading to inequity.

“The vaccine volume is actually increasing. In June, they had 1.1 billion doses more vaccines produced in the world, 45 per cent more than the amount in May. That’s the good news. The bad news is that most of those doses ended up in the developed countries and the vaccine inequity continues and that is why we are trying to work with them (vaccine producers) to change the story.”

She however disclosed that COVAX plans to increase the vaccine distribution to developing countries between July and August.

Read also: Nigeria to Receive Help From Cuba for Vaccine Production

Okonjo Iweala also advocated for the right of Nigerians abroad to vote during the country’s elections.

She claimed that every year, people living abroad remit more than 20 billion to Nigeria and should have the power to decide the country’s future.

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