NSSF partners Global Citizen to ensure fairness in distribution COVID-19 vaccines
The Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) has partnered with an international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen to address equity in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Vice Chairman of Global Citizen Nigeria, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said the group will organise an event on September 25, 2021 to draw the attention of world leaders, corporate organisations and foundations to ensure equity and fairness in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Aig-Imoukhuede stated this in a statement issued in Lagos, adding that there was only one way of dealing with the pandemic, which is the vaccines and to get the type of herd immunity that ensures safe of countries.
“To achieve that, there is a minimum percentage of the population that should be covered, typically well above 60 per cent,” he said.
He explained that Nigeria was currently below that threshold, adding that only about one per cent of the population had received one dose of the available vaccines.
Aig-Imoukhuede said: “NSSF is a private-sector led institution born out of a partnership between the Global Citizen (GC) and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to complement efforts in combating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic through fund raising to address three core COVID-19 response areas: supporting the most vulnerable, strengthening health care systems and re-skilling of Nigerian youth for The New Nigeria”.
‘The Institution believes that everyone should have access to quality and affordable healthcare services when they need it, young Nigerians should be enabled with opportunities for self-empowerment and well-skilled for a post-COVID era and that the most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalized groups in Nigeria should not be left behind”.