Fake COVID-19 vaccines in circulation, FG says

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The Federal Government has disclosed that there is a large scale circulation of fake COVID-19 vaccines in the county.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19, Monday, warned Nigerians against patronising uncertified COVID-19 vaccines from private individuals.

He said the Federal Government will not procure vaccines from private importers, adding that no vaccine would be allowed into Nigeria without being certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“The need to involve the private sector in dispensing vaccines will be studied by the vaccine coordinating committee and NPHCDA, which has the mandate to administer vaccines in Nigeria,” he said.

In his remark, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, urged Nigerians to shun procurement of vaccines from black market.

“We therefore plead for patience and vigilance.

“The multi-sectoral machinery will be deployed to enhance the logistics to the ‘last-mile administration’ processes put in place,” he said.

However, the FG has assured that the four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, recently approved by NAFDAC, would soon be received.

Recall that the NAFDAC last week granted emergency use authorization for the use of AstraZeneca vaccines in Nigeria.

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