BUA, one of Africa’s largest conglomerates, has paid for 1 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria through the AFREXIMbank Vaccine programme in partnership with CACOVID, E-nigeria reports.
The vaccines scheduled for delivery by next week will be its first to Nigeria since the COVID-19 vaccines became available. According to BUA, the vaccines will be distributed free to Nigerians at no cost.
Speaking on this development, the philanthropist and Founder of BUA, Abdul Samad Rabiu thanked the President of the Afreximbank, 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.
According to him, “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.
This development effectively pushes Africa’s most populous nation to the front of the queue in vaccine procurement.