Manufacturing conglomerate, BUA Group said, Monday, it has purchased one million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria, through the AfreximBank vaccine programme in partnership with the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The vaccines, expected to be delivered by next week, will be the first delivery of vaccines to Nigeria since the COVID-19 vaccines became available.
According to BUA, the vaccines will be distributed to Nigerians at no cost.
Founder of BUA, Abdul Samad Rabiu, expressed gratitude to the President of the AfreximBank, Benedict Oramah, for facilitating the purchase, as well as Governor of the Central bank of igeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, for coordinating the process through CACOVID.
“BUA decided to secure these one million 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.
Confirming the deal, Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the purchase was done in partnership with CACOVID.
“BUA Group says it has purchased one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria, through the AfreximBank vaccine programme in partnership with Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).”