Tinubu Urges Gavi to Foster Collaboration with Nigerian Vaccine Manufacturers 

President Bola Tinubu has called for a collaborative effort between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and potential Nigerian vaccine manufacturers to ensure fair and widespread access to essential vaccines for both children and adults. During a meeting with a delegation from Gavi, led by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Sania Nishtar, President Tinubu emphasized the need for partnerships in local vaccine production, particularly in light of the challenges faced by developing nations during the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious disease outbreaks.

Acknowledging the capabilities and talents of Nigerian and African professionals, President Tinubu expressed confidence in their ability to contribute significantly to vaccine production. He assured the Gavi CEO of Nigeria’s commitment to fulfilling its outstanding counterpart contributions for routine vaccines in 2023. Furthermore, the President instructed the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Muhammad Ali Pate, to collaborate with the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance to secure the necessary funds for vaccine procurement.

“Our intention is to strengthen our healthcare program, and we are dedicated to partnering with Gavi,” President Tinubu affirmed. He emphasized his administration’s focus on ensuring that no child is left behind in terms of vaccination against preventable childhood diseases. Recognizing Gavi’s global commitment to humanitarian causes, he expressed gratitude for their impactful efforts and welcomed their collaboration to safeguard children from preventable diseases.

President Tinubu also acknowledged the valuable perspective of Dr. Nishtar, who hails from Pakistan, a developing country. He highlighted the importance of leveraging her experience for the benefit of children’s health. The President commended Dr. Nishtar for her visit to Nigeria and her support for the administration’s health sector initiatives. He pledged to prioritize investments in health sector renewal and emphasized the significance of coordination and collaboration among federal, state, and local governments.