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Buhari, Osibanjo, Others willing to take COVID-19 vaccine on live TV — Dr. Shuaib

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Buhari, Osibanjo, Others willing to take COVID-19 vaccine on live TV — Dr. Shuaib

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency ( NPHCDA) has said that president Buhari, vice president Osinbajo, and other prominent Nigerians are willing to be among the first set of Nigerians to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live television to help drive acceptance.

Dr. Shuaib also appealed to Nigerians not to be hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it gets to Nigeria.

He made the statement and appeal at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja.

“This is in accordance with terms of the prioritisation of vaccines and strategic country leadership.

“These critical leaders and others would likely take the vaccine in the full glare of the public to demonstrate that this vaccine is safe.

“So, we have to make provisions for them.

“Even in developed countries, what we have seen is that apart from the prioritisation of health workers, you have to also identify with critical leaders that you don’t want to be wiped off by the virus.

“For example, in warfare, if you want to destroy your enemies, you look for specific leaders, captains, the generals; once you decapitate them, then the soldiers will become weak.

“So, as much as possible,  you do not want to also leave your leaders vulnerable to COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you want to prioritise politicians, that is not correct.

“There is no shadow of a doubt, even from the different vaccines that we have used in the past, it is always better to use the vaccines.

“It will be approximately 10 years for you to be able to achieve herd immunity. So you can imagine how many people would have died if you have to rely on herd immunity..

“The Swiss tried herd immunity for a lot of people;  herd immunity just doesn’t work.

“The Americans touched it and see what is happening in the U.S.

“Herd immunity is not the way to go. The evidence is there that when you use vaccines you are more likely to quickly attempt herd immunity to protect more people.

“So, I will like to reiterate that you must not give way to conspiracy theories.

“We must try to manage the information around the vaccines. Where people do not understand please reach out to those who are scientists and public health experts. “All of us here are Nigerians who take the issue of the safety of Nigerians seriously,” he said.

 

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