COVID19: FG releases N10bn to support the Production of Domestic vaccines

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Osagie Ehanire

FG releases N10bn to support the Production of Domestic vaccines 

The Federal Government declares the sum of N10 billion to facilitate the production of local vaccines.

This was disclosed by the Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing (PTF). He said that the federal government is working to develop its own vaccines for the world.

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” To support domestic vaccine production, the Ministry of Finance has released N10 billion. While we are working to develop our own vaccines, in partnership with recognised institutions, Nigeria is exploring licenced production options, we are also exploring the local production choice of vaccines in the country and have had discussions with a manufacturer.

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Nigerians were also asked by Ehanire to ignore news of the selling in Nigeria of COVID19 vaccines.

There are rumours of allegations by some individuals in Nigeria that the country has COVID-19 vaccines for sale. As they are criminal, I advise all people to ignore these statements. Procedures for the procurement and use of vaccines exist that include adequate regulation and NAFDAC certification. As there is no vaccine yet approved for use and NPHCDA is the only certified vaccine administrator in Nigeria, I advise against the possibility of fake vaccines.”

 

The Minister also announced that in a few weeks’ time, the first consignment of COVID19 vaccines would enter the country.

” On vaccines, we are exploring all options available for Nigerians to obtain licenced vaccines. We are hopeful that in a few weeks, the first consignment will enter the nation.

We aim to increase our chances of having enough vaccines to satisfy the country’s need to cover an additional 50 percent of the population, apart from the COVAX facility, which is billed to cover vaccination of just 20 percent of our population.

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Nigeria participates in the ‘African Vaccine Availability Task Force’ initiative of the African Union, which reports directly to the Chairman of the African Union, President Ramaphosa of South Africa, and has negotiated options for 270 million doses of different types of vaccines.

Nigeria has written to express interest in 10 million doses of the viral vector vaccine, which could be supplied as of March 2021, taking into account options suitable for our environment and our available infrastructure, as well as investment in delivery. This vaccine does not require deep freezers, nor does it require them.


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