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CACOVID to transport Covid19 vaccine, says FG, denies earmarking N10.6bn for it

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The federal government has denied reports that it had budgeted N10.6 billion for COVID-19 vaccine transportation.

A report by Punch had revealed that the federal government had budgeted N10.6 billion for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory.

But Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), explained that the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), the private sector-led initiative, has already undertaken to distribute the vaccines to states at no expense to the government.

He noted that a cargo plane provided by CACOVID will be used to deliver the vaccines to states with functional airports, while a delivery van will be used for states without functional airports.

“I mean, I’m hearing this from you for the first time. It doesn’t make any sense that on the one hand, we’ve communicated very clearly to Nigerians that the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), a private sector initiative, has provided a cargo plane that will help deliver the vaccines from Abuja to all states that have functional airports,” he said.

“For those that do not have functional airports, there is a delivery van that will convey the vaccines from those airports to the states without functionality. I do not see how that is going to cost N10 billion. So there is no truth in that information.”

Shuaib noted that the federal government will only incur transportation costs to states without functional airports, adding that it cannot be N10.6billion.

“So it is not correct to say that the federal government is going to be expending N10.6 billion to transport vaccines to the state. That is incredulous.”

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