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Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama: “We Will Need China For Vaccines”

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen therapy at the Lagos State Isolation Centre, in Yaba, Lagos. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama confirmed on Friday that talks are underway with China to secure large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines. Until recently Nigeria has fared relatively well in terms of infections but now it appears that new variants of the virus are spreading faster.

“What we are engaging with China is in the area of vaccines for COVID-19, so we are also looking to import, to acquire significant vaccines from China and other partners too,” said Onyeama. “I think in the short immediate time that is an area we will need China. They have cooperated with us with regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other things in our COVID response,” he added.

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