According to reports reaching Oyogist.com, The Federal Government has revealed that some rich countries are stopping poor countries from obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said the financial strength of some countries to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine has caused “vaccine rationalism.”
He disclosed this during his speech to mark the World Tourism Day held in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, on Monday.
According to Mohammed: “Apart from these priorities, however, there is the challenge posed to restarting tourism globally by ”vaccine rationalism”, which has heightened the inequality and inequity in the global vaccine distribution system.
“Today, rich countries are able to procure vaccines for their own citizens through direct agreements with pharmaceutical companies; while low and middle-income countries are lagging, unable to act as speedily as rich countries in securing the quantity of vaccines they need or unable to afford to pay for any at all.
Whereas some rich countries are already talking of third booster shots, many low and middle-income countries have not even given one shot to their citizens.