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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Nigeria Seeks Help From China To Access COVID-19 Vaccine - Onyeama

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The Federal Government of Nigeria says it has approached the Peoples Republic of China to help with regards to access to vaccines for Nigeria. 

Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffery Onyeama, made the revelation on Tuesday to newsmen after a brief meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi who is presently on a working visit in the country.

In his speech, Onyeama recalled that China was of huge help to Nigeria at the advent of the pandemic, taking note that the donation of PPE's enormously influenced the country in the battle against COVID-19. 

The minister said that now when nations were discovering antibodies and China being one of them, Nigeria was connecting with the nation in the area of access to the vaccine. 

"We have gotten a great deal of help from China in the area of personal protective equipment that they rushed to give us and obviously, with the vaccine discoveries now, 

"China is likewise one of those nations that have been able to find vaccines for COVID-19, so we are also engaging with China to likewise assist concerning admittance to vaccines for our people," he said. 

According to Onyeama, the connection between the two nations has dated 50 years, adding that the two nations have numerous territories of collaboration to celebrate. 

"We additionally understood that in 2021, we would commend 50 years of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the Peoples Republic of China," he said. 

Giving insights into some of the deliberations during the closed-door meeting, Onyeama said that he and his counterpart looked at the possibilities of having a direct flight to China that will boast the countries trade.

"In the territory of encouraging relations, the two nations are currently considering having a direct flight from Nigeria to China. 

"We need to build up an immediate air connection with China. We trust that very soon, a Nigerian transporter would do booked trips to China in the not too distant future," he said.

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