The Federal Government, on Wednesday, received $9,261,920 grant from the Canadian government to support the scale-up of COVID-19 vaccine service among high-priority risk groups and to strengthen the health system in Nigeria.
Speaking at the launch of the Canada Global Initiative for Vaccine grant in Abuja, the High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Jamie Christoff, said the project was another example of Canada’s historical institutional relationship with the WHO to support Nigeria in the critical work for preventing disease and protecting those most at risk.
Christoff said though COVID-19 was no longer a global emergency, it was still important to reinforce public health systems as part of an inclusive and sustainable recovery.
“We must intentionally link up these efforts with routine immunisation and other services.
This can help, for example, to reach children who missed routine vaccinations over the pandemic. We know that ultimately, it takes a health system to turn a vaccine into vaccination.”