The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, January 8, stated that many governors in the country would be administered the COVID-19 vaccines on a live telecast to assure Nigerians of the safety of the vaccines.
Fayemi made this assertion during an interview with State House correspondents; after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the governors had accepted to receive the vaccines live on television.
Fayemi continued: “We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that the vaccines would work.
“We have a lot of experience in this. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience.”
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, had said on Thursday President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would be administered the vaccines on television when it finally gets to the country.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Thursday, January 7, revealed that it may impose a fresh lockdown on the country; if the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded lately continue.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, during a briefing in Abuja.
1st News had reported that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, said the Federal Government has no plan to impose a fresh lockdown; as the country battles the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But speaking on Thursday, the PTF Coordinator said the rising COVID-19 infections recorded of recent in the country were concerning; and might require a fresh lockdown.
Aliyu said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths; we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down; now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.”
Furthermore, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.
“On 6th of January 2021, we recorded 1,664 infections. This is yet another all-time high in Nigeria; and we must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.”