The Chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said vaccines have given hope to humanity regarding the Corona pandemic.
The Chairman noted that nobody is safe around the world until every one is vaccinated.
Mustapha, made the disclosure at the sensitization meeting on COVID-19 vaccine introduction with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria and scholars in Abuja.
He added that there is need to sensitize the religious leaders and scholars regarding the right strategy to utilize in transmitting messages on vaccines to all Christians.
” The role of the Church in the escalation of the awareness on COVID-19, vaccines and minimisation of resistance and hesitancy to it, can never be over emphasised. As we interact over all these issues and challenges today, I urge us to be frank, innovative and adopt common objectives of collaboration and determination to overcome the pandemic by reaching out to all adherents of our faith on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.”
The PTF Chairman further added that every Christian should be an advocate for the vaccines.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant global public health emergency of our generation. Humanity has been under the siege of this virus since 30th of January, 2020 (exactly one year ago) when the WHO declared it as such. It has taken lives, consumed trillions of dollars and other resources without abating. Today, the global infections have exceeded one hundred million while fatalities have also crossed the two million mark. “Unfortunately, Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is now experiencing a more virulent second wave which has increased the number of COVID-19 related deaths from 1173 on November 29 2020 to 1,578 on January 31, 2021. An increase of 34%. The number of infections have also grown tremendously.”
He said some of the challenges faced by the country in terms of the Corona virus include; Skepticism about the virus;
Lack of compliance with the the NPIs even among Church leaders.
Other challenges include; Rising daily numbers occasioned by the second wave.
Disruption in socio-economic activities including the way we worship and opening of our schools. Increasing number of deceased loved ones, friends and family members.