A major conglomerate with operations in Nigeria, BUA, has paid for one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria.
It did this through the AFREXIM vaccine programme.
It disclosed the move in a statement on Monday titled ‘BUA purchases 1million Doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines for Nigeria to be delivered next week’.
Founder of the company, Abdul Samad Rabiu, thanked the President of the Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah for making it possible, and the Nigerian Central Bank 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 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 said.