One of Africa’s largest conglomerates, BUA, has paid for one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria through the AFREXIM Vaccine programme, in partnership with CACOVID.
The organisation made this known on Monday in a statement titled, ‘BUA purchases 1million Doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines for Nigeria to be delivered next week’.
“These doses of the vaccine which should be delivered by next week, will be the first delivery of Vaccines to Nigeria since the COVID-19 vaccines became available,” the statement added.
According to BUA, the vaccines will be distributed free of charge to Nigerians.
The statement quoted founder of BUA, Abdul Samad Rabiu, as thanking the President of the Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah, for making the purchase possible and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for coordinating the process through the CACOVID Private Sector partnership.
“BUA decided to secure these 1million vaccines by paying the full amount for the vaccines today (Monday, February 8, 2021) 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.