COVID-19: Nobody will spend billions of dollars on killer vaccines -SGF

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Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), has urged Nigerians to disregard conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Speaking on Tuesday during the inauguration of the state house clinic COVID-19 isolation centre, the SGF said the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and beneficial.

Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said the federal government will continue to encourage Nigerians to get vaccinated when the time comes.

He added that the state house clinic will soon get a COVID-19 testing laboratory.

“We will appeal and explain to our people that if you do not take the vaccine, the danger of falling terribly sick and eventually dying is there,” the SGF said.

“We will be blunt to them that if you don’t take the COVID-19 vaccine, you may not be able to go anywhere in the world, very soon. Even when you want to go and perform your spiritual obligation, that will be subjected to your COVID-19 status.

“I don’t believe anyone will spend billions of dollars in manufacturing vaccines in order to kill us in Africa.

“From just two molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19 in Nigeria, we now have over 100 molecular laboratories, public and private, across the 36 States of the federation

“I want to commend the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Tijjani Umar and the State House management under whose leadership this beautiful edifice is being commissioned.

“I am confident that when the Minister of Health visits, whatever he decides, I can give you my word that we will put a laboratory for testing or a PCR facility in State House Clinic. This is supposed to be our priority.”

Mustapha further stated that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is using the challenges posed by the pandemic as an opportunity to change Nigeria’s health infrastructure.