Nigerian philanthropist and businessman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Chairman of BUA Group, has made payment for one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for the country, with a commitment to buy additional four million doses, to be distributed to Nigerians free of charge.
The vaccine purchase is being undertaken through BUA-CACOVID-AFREXIM partnership, and the Chairman of BUA Group has applauded the efforts of the President of the Afrexim Bank, Dr. Benedict Oramah, stating that he made the purchase possible and also the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who coordinated the process through the CACOVID private sector partnership.
Abdul Samad Rabiu stated, “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.”
He added that BUA is committing to make the purchase up to five million doses for Nigeria as soon as they become available through the same medium. Fortunately, the purchase of the vaccines pushes Nigeria as an African nation to the front of the queue in vaccine procurement.