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COVID-19: We don't need to vaccinate 20 million Lagos residents - Governor Sanwo-Olu


The Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has explained his administration's plan in tackling the Coronavirus disease. 


In an interview on Channels Television, Sanwo-Olu said they don't need to vaccinate 20 million Lagos residents as the plan is to ensure herd immunity. He also revealed that the state government is 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.”


On how the Lagos state government intends to fund the vaccine, Sanwo-Olu said they are engaging the private sector.


He said; 


“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,”


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