The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, warns that all COVID-19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk; stressing that any vaccine not approved by the Federal Ministry of Health through its agencies cannot be used in Nigeria.
The minister also said the Russian and Indian COVID-19 vaccines being examined by the National Agency For Drug Administration and Control “are nearly ready for results.”
Ehanire spoke at the national briefing of the Presidential Task on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday [today].
Said the minister, “It is important to stress that all COVID-19 vaccines carry a certain amount of risk and any vaccine not approved by the Federal Ministry of Health through its agencies cannot be used in Nigeria.
“The government will not be responsible for the safety or efficacy of vaccines given outside the framework of the government.
“All the needs of Nigeria have been carefully calculated by NPHCDA and it is possible to accommodate all interests in the framework.”
The minister also added that “with regard to the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, AVATT, Nigeria this morning completed her account opening.
“It was signed by two officials each, of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning, at Afrexim Bank as a requirement for access to vaccines on that platform.
“It will give Nigeria access to a much larger portfolio and variety of vaccines.
“Among the vaccines are the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine and as much of the Pfizer mRNA vaccines as we can manage.
“The COVID-19 vaccine coordinating committee and NPHCDA’s strategy for vaccine delivery will advise the mix of vaccines that Nigeria will acquire.”
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