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Vaccine equity will end pandemic – Sanwo-Olu

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LAGOS State Goverrnor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has underscored vaccine equity as the only path to toe by world leaders to end the COVID-19 pandemic in the globe.

   Sanwo-Olu highlighted this at the 2021 “Global Citizen Live Concert,” held at Fela’s Afrika Shrine in Ikeja.

  The governor, gave detailed explanation on how the state government had expanded access to vaccines since the vaccination programme began in March and the state’s projection to protect its residents and environment.

   However, Sanwo-Olu said that his administration aimed to vaccinate 30 per cent of the state population within one year as parts of recovery strategies against ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

  On the vaccine equity, the Governor said, the world must ensure that vaccines were available to all, especially poorer countries that had struggled with supply.

  Sanwo-Olu, noted that the situation of unequal distribution of vaccines in which richer nations secured more doses than the size of their populations and are preparing to roll out booster shots, while poorer countries struggled to administer first doses, threatening the global efforts to end the pandemic.

  On how Lagos is creating access and ramping up vaccination, Sanwo-Olu said the Government was leveraging the private sector funding, capacity and infrastructure to scale up availability and distribution.

  As the epicentre of the pandemic outbreak, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos had pursued a radical vaccination   programmes, which led to the administration of 16,000 jabs of vaccines daily noting that is still a far cry from what was projected in achieving herd immunity.

  Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 405,000 residents had received first doses of AstraZeneca, while 289,000 persons returned for their second doses. The State, he said, administered 230,000 first shots of Moderna to raise the vaccinated population to about 1.2 per cent within five months.

  He said: “Our vaccination rate is far below the minimum target of 60 per cent recommended by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) per city population. At the current rate, it would take about three years to achieve our herd immunity target. We cannot continue at this speed if we seriously want to beat this virus.

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