The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has appealed to the Federal Government to “ensure equitable access, human rights, transparency and accountability in the distribution” of COVID-19 vaccines.
SERAP made this call on Tuesday, March 2, following the arrival of nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria courtesy of the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
SERAP in a statement said details on the delivery and distribution of the vaccine doses should be disclosed and widely published.
The statement partly read, “Following the arrival in Nigeria today of 3.92 million #COVID19 vaccine doses, we urge President Buhari, the Minister of Health, PTF on COVID-19 and @NCDCgov to ensure equitable access, human rights, transparency, and accountability in the distribution of the vaccines.
“We urge the Federal and State governments to publicly and widely make available all spending details on COVID-19.
“We’ll be issuing Freedom of Information requests to Nigerian authorities to ensure transparency and accountability around COVID-19 spending and distribution.