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President Buhari calls for fair distribution of vaccines

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the fair and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the fair and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

He made the call in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

The president outlined steps Nigeria has taken to achieve “moderate success” in containing the virus and halt its deadly onslaught in the country.

“Nigeria remains grateful for the assistance received from our partners and friends all over the world. Vaccination is the key to our safe emergence from the pandemic.”

“We fully support the COVAX initiative from which we have benefitted. We also thank the United States of America, Turkey, India, China, European Union, and others for the vaccines provided.

“Despite the acknowledgement however, I would like to reiterate my call for a fairer and more equitable distribution of vaccines to all countries so that, together, we can fight and contain the pandemic.

“The rising wave of newer and more contagious strains, makes this even more urgent. No country can afford the socio-economic implications of prolonged shutdown. It is imperative to underscore that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

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