Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that only 3% of the country’s population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, owing to underdeveloped countries’ limited availability to the vaccine.
Lai warned that a lack of vaccination by developing countries would provide breeding soil for the virus to mutate, jeopardizing the progress already made in developed countries. He spoke at the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain.
He said that whereas most industrialized countries had vaccinated 60% or more of their population, most underdeveloped countries had only immunized 5% or less.
Many rich countries have taken use of their vast resources or relationships with manufacturers to establish deals with manufacturers to supply their country with vaccines before they are made accessible for use by other countries, according to Mohammed.
“Even before the clinical trials were completed, millions of doses of the most promising vaccines have been bought by Britain, U S, Japan and the European bloc countries. Some of these countries bought doses five times the size of their population.
“There are fears that these unilateral deals will deprive the poorest countries of access to these life-saving commodities,” he said.