Falana’s group warns COVID-19 vaccine could be commercialised in Nigeria

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The Femi Falana-led Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) says there is a plot to commercialise COVID-19 vaccines expected in the country anytime from now.

The Federal Government has said that the first batch of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines will arrive Nigeria between end of January and February 2021.

According to the group, health workers plan to commercialise the vaccine, which should be free, making brisk business at the expense of hapless Nigerians.

Deputy Chairman of ASCAB, Sina Odugbemi stated this Tuesday while appearing on Channels Television’s popular Politics Today programme.

Odugbemi said, “When it (vaccine) comes in, people may want to trade with it and there may be preference for the high and mighty. We should anticipate these things and put in place machinery to ensure that we scale the hurdle because the Nigerian factor will come into play when the vaccines come in.

“There will be special preference. In fact, health officers like we have witnessed may want to find a way of commercialising one thing or the other. But then, once this monster stirs its head, it is the duty of all of us – civil societies, religious organisations and individuals – to ensure that we turn ourselves to self-monitoring groups. All hands must be on the deck.”

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