Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Saturday, at the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA Forum said, the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine should be done in an equitable and affordable manner and not based on highest bidder basis.
Osinbajo, who also made a case for debt relief for Africa, said while the G20 initiative on debt relief was a welcome development that would no doubt bring some relief to relevant African countries, it however, remained inadequate, because it never addressed the problem of commercial debt service obligations.
The summit themed, “Towards a realistic Euro-African partnership during and beyond the COVID-19 era”, featured presentation from notable global leaders including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Mr. Ulisses Correia Silva, among others speakers.
The EurAfrican Forum aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa, and to also promote a shared green and inclusive growth, among other objectives.
However, speaking on the need for an equitable distribution of vaccines that would help to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Osinbajo, in a statement by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, said the first thing that comes to mind “is to ensure widespread and equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Europe should work closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed, it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather made available at an affordable and in an accessible manner.
The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hamid Ali (Rtd) has confirmed that the intelligence arm of the agency made certain discoveries of security nature and in line with their duty to the nation, they have drawn the attention of security and intelligence agencies to what they found.
“He has, however, not authorised the issuance of any internal memo to his commands on the subject of their discovery.”
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly claimed that it had decimated the terrorists group even
though the insurgents continue to attack both troops and civilians in the North East part of Nigeria.