President Muhammadu Buhari has urged world leaders and global health institutions to follow a regime of enabling access to the COVID-19 vaccines.
President Buhari also admonished that sidelining countries in terms of reach will undermine the entire effort for safety.
Nigeria’s President said this while delivering a keynote address at the Paris Peace Forum (PPF) on Thursday.
He added that export restrictions that encourage needless hoarding of vaccines need to be lifted while welcoming the pledges by industrialized countries to share vaccines.
“Resolving supply-chain constraints would require better coordination within the manufacturing process; and between manufacturers and end-users.
“There is a clear need for the expansion of vaccine production capacity in Africa.
“Licensing agreements should be reached with pharmaceutical companies for the transfer of intellectual property and technology to support the production of vaccines in Africa.
“If global vaccination is the only way to end the COVID-19 pandemic, then all stakeholders must act in a coordinated manner to plug the vaccine supply gap in Africa.”
The Nigerian leader thanked the President of the Paris Peace Forum, Mr Pascal Lamy, for the invitation to share his thoughts on the importance of coordination among all actors in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.