Starting from January 2023, Americans would begin to pay charges for treatment of the dreaded COVID-19 disease, NewsTimes learnt.
Vaccines for the global pandemic would no longer be free also for the citizens, says Washington press.
According to the report, the United States (U.S) congress is beginning to lack funds.
The Department of Health and Human Services is said to have announced earlier the commercial sales of COVID-19 vaccines, previously distributed at no cost by the U.S. government.
Due to the development, U.S citizens would now have to obtain vaccines through insurers or pay by themselves.
The report noted that once federal purchases end, the roughly eight per cent of the U.S. population that has no health insurance would be worst hit.
Furthermore, the report said even those with health insurance would have to fund some of the cost out of pocket, which was a problem as the cost of living is soaring in the United States.
It added that it was very likely that fewer eligible people would be driven to take their fourth shot.
In mid-June 2022, U.S Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland revealed how Nigeria can address its security issues.
During her visit to Nigeria, Nuland insisted that the African Giant has to approach its security issues holistically.
She condemned the terrorist operation plaguing the country, describing it as an evil thing.
She said: “But what we are trying to do now, what Nigeria is trying to do, is really integrate the air and ground approach to security. I think Nigeria with our support needs to address this in a holistic way.”
NewsTimes reports that Nuland opined that dealing with the security issues does not involve rooting out terrorists alone but also provides sustainable police and community security as well as better services and governance, else, “those guys are just going to be back.”
“We also need a regional approach to this problem because these terrorists are running across borders, we all need to work together,” she added.
Commenting on the leadership Nigeria provides at the regional level (ECOWAS), she said Nigeria plays a huge role not only in its own security but also in the security of the region through ECOWAS.
“The way Nigeria goes, is the way the continent goes. So if Nigeria can become increasingly stable and secure, empowering its population, diversifying the economy and empowering the next generation, it will be a powerful engine not only for Nigeria but for the African continent and the democratic world,” the U.S citizen said.