Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says his administration will not vaccinate over 20 million Lagosians against the deadly COVID-19 due to the lack of funds.
Speaking in an interview on a programme on Channels Television on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu said his administration is discussing with the private sector to help fund the production of vaccines.
According to the governor, the state government is also engaging some companies in the production of COVID-19 vaccines for residents of the state.
He said: “It is important for me to make this. We don’t have to vaccinate the 20 or 22 million population that we have. The plan is to ensure that there is herd immunity and that typically speaks about 50 to 60 percent of your population, that is the kind of target that you really meet.
“We have started a conversation with some of the vaccine manufacturers. Pfizer for example, I have made contact with them, Johnson and Johnson are not out yet, the Moderna has written to us and we have written back to them.”
Sanwo-Olu also revealed that the amount earmarked in fighting the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic wouldn’t be enough, calling on well-meaning Lagosians to help the state.
“The conversations are still at various levels. We are speaking with the organised private sector so they can help us raise some of the finance that is required.
“We have our friends in the private sector who are saying to us that they understand this is a public health issue but we also can work with you. The citizens are your citizens but they also are our staff,” he added.
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