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COVID-19: N10bn released To Support Domestic Vaccine Production- FG

Etha Ugoh January 19, 2021 23

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Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire reveals’ that FG has released the sum of N10bn to support production of domestic vaccine.

In a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Monday, Dr Ehanire said the Federal Government is working to develop the country’s own vaccines.

The minister explained that the government is exploring the option of local production of the vaccines in the country and have had discussions with a producer.

He, however, noted that while the nation seeks to get its own vaccines, other options are being explored for licensed production in collaboration with recognized institutions.

In addition, Dr Ehanire advised all citizens to disregard reports of claims by some persons in Nigeria, to have COVID-19 vaccines for sale in the country.

“There are procedures for vaccine acquisition and use which include appropriate regulation and certification by NAFDAC,” the minister stated as he warned against the risk of fake vaccines.

He stressed that there is no vaccine yet approved for use, adding that the NPHCDA is the only authorized vaccine administrator in Nigeria.

Dr Ehanire also noted that while the prospect of a vaccine arriving soon is cheering, the importance of non-pharmaceutical measures remains critical to preventing infections.

In his words, he advised Nigerians to “Wear your face masks, wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizers, avoid close contacts and crowded places and if you have symptoms like cough, difficulty in breathing, sudden loss of taste and smell, and fever, please get tested,” the minister advised.

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