Nigeria yet to receive Russia's COVID-19 vaccine - Minister

The minister of Health has stated that Nigerian government has not received Russician COVID-19 vaccine
Ernest Sunday

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Mamora has stated that the Nigerian government has not received the new COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Russian government.

Adeleke revealed this on Thursday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja saying that the Ministry of Health only got a memoir from the Russian government that informed them on what they were working on.

According to the Minister, the vaccine is still in the third phase of the clinical trial.

He added that the vaccine would be assessed by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for safety and efficacy before the nation would consider using it.

"The Federal Government has reiterated that the country has not received the Russian vaccine yet; only a memoir was communicated by the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria. It stated that the vaccine is not ready for use yet, as it is still in the third stage of trials, " Adeleke said.

“Some of you must have heard some days ago that the Russians supplied us with some vaccines; this is absolutely false.

"The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria visited in the company of the deputy head of mission, and all they did was just to bring a memoir – which is a kind of diplomatic communication to let us know that they are working on the vaccine and it is still in the third phase of the clinical trial.

“The third phase is the last phase where you will now have thousands volunteer being administered with the vaccine. That does not end the process; they still have to be followed up for about a year to see whether complications or side effects will manifest.

“So, at this point in time, that vaccine is yet to get to that stage, talk less of being released even in Russia. Even when the vaccine is ready at all, it will still be subjected to our own processes here. That is why we have NAFDAC and NIPRD", Adeleke said.

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