Bill Gates advises FG against purchasing COVID19 vaccines. The Federal Government has been warned by American philanthropist Bill Gates against wasting its scarce money on purchasing costly COVID19 vaccines because it can wait for those from GAVI.
Ahead of the unveiling of the 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letters on Tuesday night, January 26, Gates given the advice at a virtual press conference.
He said waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing for Nigeria and that investing proposed vaccine funds into other health-related areas would assist to deepen vaccine coverage and save lives.
“The key is that Nigeria is still eligible (for GAVI Vaccinee), and so, for a lot of those vaccines, they will come through the GAVI facility that we’ve raised money for.
I’m a fan of supplying the government with more funds and prioritizing healthcare. In Nigeria, I’m obviously not a voter, but Nigeria is going to decide independently.
So my advice is that the primary health care system is what’s super important and that with those finite resources, you have to prioritise expenditure. And in that case, waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing” he said
Gavi is a world vaccination alliance that merges the public and private sectors, ensures equal access to fresh and underused vaccines for kids living in the poorest countries.
As the COVID19 pandemic is definitely not the last to be faced by the world, Gates have called for every country to initiate preparing for the next pandemic.
“The unfortunate reality is that COVID19 might not be the last pandemic. We don’t know when the next one will strike, or whether it will be a flu, a coronavirus, or some new disease we’ve never seen before.
But what we do know, isn’t it easy to afford to be caught flat? Footed in again. Until the world takes action to avoid it, the possibility of the next pandemic will still hang above our heads.