- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reacted to the claims that there are vaccines for COVID-19 in Nigeria
- The international health agency dismissed the claims, saying they are untrue
- WHO Immunisation Team Lead, Dr Fiona Braka, said researches are still ongoing on the deadly viral disease, adding that it has no ready vaccines, being a new disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims of vaccines developed for the COVID-19 in Nigeria, saying the claimed were untrue and not to its knowledge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that WHO Immunisation Team Lead, Dr Fiona Braka, said on Monday, April 20, said there is no approved vaccine in Nigeria or any part of Africa for COVID-19 yet.
Braka said researches are still ongoing on the deadly viral disease. She added that COVID-19, being a new disease, has no ready vaccines.
“COVID-19 is a new disease, and as such, there are no ready vaccines available to be deployed for the control of the pandemic.
“However, a lot of research and scientific works are ongoing to develop vaccines, but these usually take time to ensure that it is safe for use in the wider population and also effective for control of the pandemic.
“Public safety is a key consideration in this process,” the WHO team lead said.
Braka reiterated that the claims of vaccines developed for the COVID-19 were untrue and not to the knowledge of the WHO.
“WHO is not aware of vaccine for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“There is a large scientific study (clinical trial) involving many countries to review the effectiveness of some drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 going on at the moment.
“The result of this clinical trial will help understand the efficacy of these drugs and may inform the review of the case management guidelines,” she said.
The WHO official also spoke on the partnership of the organisation and the Nigerian government to effectively contain the pandemic.
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She said the actions to take at the moment include social distancing, handwashing, surveillance, contact tracing, among others.
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In another report, the Kwara government has warned residents in the state that the popular yam flour food called amala cannot cure coronavirus.
This was made known by the permanent secretary to the Kwara state Ministry of Health, Abubakar Ayinla, who said this on Tuesday, April 14, during a health meeting.
In response to the rumour that has been circulating about amala and the cure of COVID-19, the government said it has set up a communication team to dismiss rumours.
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