One of Africa’s largest cities to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations in effort to reach herd immunity.
According to a statement released by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, Nigeria’s powerhouse aims to vaccinate 30% of its over 15 million population in one year. The governor added that the world should prioritize providing vaccines to poverty-stricken countries that have not been able to get adequate supply of the vaccine. Lagos has immunized 1.2% of its population, and at the current rate it will take the city three years to reach herd immunity. State government aims to increase financing and resources by collaborating with the private sector. The city wants to develop the infrastructure required to make vaccines widely accessible. The government is strategizing a plan where the residents who can afford to pay for the vaccine will offset the cost for those who cannot afford to pay.
Nigeria is trailing behind the other African nations, where 12 countries including Seychelles, Mauritius, Morocco and South Africa have fully vaccinated at least 10% of their population. In mid-September 2021 it was reported that Nigeria was vaccinating an average of 72,921 doses every day. According to Our World Data as of 20 September 2021, 2% of the residents in poorer countries had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 66.6% residents of high-income countries had received at least one dose. 80% of vaccines have so far been distributed to high income and upper-income countries even though just 1% were given to low-income countries. Though numerous first world countries have donated vaccines to Africa, there are still strides to be made in ensuring more vaccines are readily available.