Oyewale Tomori, Professor of Virology, has stated that it’s medically not advisable for pregnant ladies and lactating moms to obtain Covid vaccines.
Tomori, who’s the Chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19, said this on Friday in a video posted on Twitter by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He additionally confirmed the event when contacted by The PUNCH, including that the scientific trials finished to establish the efficacy and response of the vaccines in circulation now weren’t carried out on pregnant and nursing moms.
Amongst globally recognized Covid vaccines manufacturers are Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford–AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sputnik V.
The don stated, “For now, we don’t have any proof for that as a result of the trials that have been finished didn’t embody pregnant ladies and lactating moms. So, we can not inform you how it’ll react in them.
“However, if we go by the previous, I provides you with an instance, in 1985, ’86, round that point, we had this big epidemic of yellow fever in Nigeria and we vaccinated everyone.
“At that point, inadvertently, a number of pregnant ladies have been additionally towards that virus however then, we adopted them up for 3, 4 years and there was nothing untoward that occurred to them.
“So, ideally, there shouldn’t be any motive why we should have that however then, you’re taking precaution, till you check it, you can’t be positive of what will occur.
“In dealing with pregnant women, ordinarily, when there is no epidemic, you don’t want to give it to them because you don’t know what is going to happen to the fetus. But in an epidemic, when the mother is also exposed to that disease, and she gets sick and she dies, the fetus will also die, and therefore you give a vaccine during a raging epidemic to the women in the hope that even if the baby does not survive, the mother will at least survive.”
There have been talks about Covid vaccines in Nigeria with the Federal Government saying it expects to obtain 100,000 doses of Covid vaccines anytime quickly.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had in December knowledgeable the Senate that Nigeria would require over N400bn to vaccinate 70 per cent of Nigeria’s inhabitants at $8 per vaccine.
But American philanthropist and Microsoft Co-founder, Bill Gates, stated Nigeria doesn’t must spend an excessive amount of on buying Covid vaccines however should slightly focus extra on revitalising the weak and underfunded well being sector, particularly the first well being care centres.
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