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Nigeria to prepare for the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for immunising the Nigerian population. 

During the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 press briefing in Abuja highlighted that the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored at -70 degrees, is the first to be approved for Nigeria by the independent world health organisation and will be available for emergency purposes.

The first delivery batch of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered by the end of January and will be sufficient enough to inoculate 20% of the Nigerian population (approx 42 million vaccines). Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) was quoted saying that the batch would come as part of Nigeria’s plan to vaccinate 40% of the population by the end of 2021, and an additional 30% in 2022.

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, the Nigerian Federal Government have also been in talks with China to communicate their interest in gaining access to their Covid-19 vaccine. This will give the nation a number of possibilities to vaccinate the population in a shorter time frame.

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Source: This Day, January 2021

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The African Continental Free Trade Area Launched

After months of delay due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the African Continental Free Trade Area was officially launched on the 1st January 2021. 

African countries have officially begun trading under the new continental free trade agreement.

The AFCFTA primary aims to being together over 1.3billion people in a $3.4 trillion economic bloc, which will be the largest free trade area since the World Trade Organisation was established. Predicted estimates forecast the free trade agreement could lift tens of millions of people out of poverty by the year 2035. The trade agreement is primary in place to boost trade among fellow African nations, as the continent has previously received low internal trade.

Backers claim that trade among fellow African nations will increase substantially and thus allowing the continent to establish its own value chains of distribution. Every African country is participating in the agreement, except from Eritrea, with a total of 54 nations involved.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo- Addo indicated “There is a new Africa emerging with a sense of urgency and purpose and an aspiration to become self-reliant. COVID-19 has demonstrated that Africa is overly reliant on the export of primary commodities, overly reliant on global supply chains, when the global supply chains are disrupted, we know that Africa suffers.”

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Source: Aljazeera, January 2021

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Nigerian Land Boarders to Reopen Soon Says President

After much debate, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the Nigerian Government are considering re-opening the land boarders ‘as soon as possible’.

The land boarders have been closed since August 2019 to decrease the level of illegal food and agricultural products being smuggled into Nigeria from neighbouring countries.

President Muhammadu Buhari announced the intention via social media on Tuesday, tweeting ‘In my meeting with State Governors today I explained that the closure of Nigeria’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling in of weapons & drugs. Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we’re looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.”

Zainab Ahmed, The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, revealed last month that issue had been indicated and will be brought before the President to make a final decision.

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Source: Nairametrics, December 2020

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