Updated: Nigeria expresses interest in Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: Nigeria expresses interest in Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

- The Nigerian government has disclosed that it is interested in a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia

- The federal ministry of health made the disclosure on Friday, September 4, in Abuja

- The Nigerian government is hoping to partner Russia in vaccine production

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The Nigerian government has disclosed that it is interested in a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia known as Sputnik-V.

The federal ministry of health made the disclosure on Friday, September 4, when the Russian ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin paid a visit to the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire in Abuja.

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The Russian made COVID-19 vaccine called Sputnik-V has gotten the interest of the Nigerian government. Photo Credit: Federal ministry of health.
Source: Twitter

"We are expressing our interest for the COVID- 19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately," Nigeria’s minister of health said.

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The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire said the vaccine would be quickly referred to NAFDAC for review. Photo Credit: Federal ministry of health
Source: Twitter

Also, Adebimpe Adebiyi the director of the hospital services department at the ministry of health said that a partnership with Russia will enable Nigeria to expand its vaccine production.

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In another report, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 216 new cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria, taking the total infections in the country to 54,463.

The new cases announced via the agency's Twitter account on Wednesday night, September 2, were recorded in 16 states, including the Federal Capital Territory.

Legit.ng notes that Plateau state leads the chart with 59 cases while Rivers and Abia follow with 27 and 22 cases respectively.

Meanwhile, a report by NBC News claims the administration of President Donald Trump is pulling US officials from the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) despite the rising cases of coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

The US will not be a part of the WHO-led plan to distribute a vaccine known as COVAX globally.

Legit.ng gathered that the US officially announced its withdrawal from the WHO this summer, initiating a year-long process that would not go into effect until a year later on July 6, 2021.

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Still on health news, following the federal government's adjustments to the nationwide curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lifespan of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Thursday, September 3, at the daily briefing of the task force, The Nation reported.

It was gathered that the taskforce which was supposed to wind down on Thursday, September 17, has been extended to the end of December 2020.

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