The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has said that it is working to ensure the availability of COVID-19 vaccine for Nigerians when such is ready.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NDDC Director-General made this known at the daily press briefing organized by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He also revealed that the vaccine is like to be available before the end of the year.

He said:

“To do this, we have to build capacity, gather sufficient data and include African institutions in these efforts.

“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.

“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those that need it the most.

“So, through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with GAVI to ensure that vaccines are available to countries regardless of their ability to pay.”