Recall that Nigeria received its first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Today.
In a statement via its social media handle on Tuesday, SERAP said details on the delivery and distribution of the vaccine doses must be disclosed and widely published.
The statement in part reads, “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.
“Nigerian authorities must disclose and widely publish including online details on the delivery and distribution of #COVID19 vaccine doses.
Continuing, “Nigerians need to know the details including the costs and logistics of distribution so that they can hold governments and public officials to account for the country’s constitutional and international human rights and anti-corruption obligations.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a major public health and human rights crisis in the country today. Vaccines should not be distributed on the basis of people’s political and economic power or influence.
“Nigerian authorities at both the Federal and State levels must ensure that everyone enjoys equal access to the vaccines within the shortest possible time, consistent with the principles of human rights, transparency and accountability, including access to essential medicines.”
Furthermore, SERAP said it “challenge any blanket mandatory imposition of vaccine policies on the people, adding that authorities should ensure that vaccination is voluntary wherever and whenever possible. Any policy on COVID-19 vaccines must be entirely consistent with human rights standards”.
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