From Segun Amure, (The New Diplomat’s Abuja Bureau)
The BUA group of companies on Monday disclosed it has purchased one million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for Nigeria.
Expected to be delivered next week, the vaccines will be the first delivery to Nigeria since they became available.
According to BUA, the vaccine will be distributed across the country at no cost.
In a statement, Founder and Chairman of of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu thanked the President of the Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah for making the purchase possible and the Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for coordinating the process through the CACOVID Private Sector partnership.
His statement reads, “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.
“In addition to this, BUA is committing to purchase 5 million doses for Nigeria as soon as they become available through this same arrangement.”, Rabiu added.