Health ministry clarifies report, says Nigeria has not received Russian COVID-19 vaccine yet

Health ministry clarifies report, says Nigeria has not received Russian COVID-19 vaccine yet

- Nigeria is yet to receive the sample of COVID-19 vaccine from Russia

- The vaccine is still in the custody of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Nigeria, according to the health ministry

- The ministry issued this statement to correct an earlier report that that the Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine has been handed over to Nigerian health authorities

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The Federal Ministry of Health has corrected earlier reports that the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine has been given to the Nigerian Government.

The ministry, in a statement signed by its director, Information, Media and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, noted that the vaccine is still in the custody of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Nigeria, Daily Trust reports.

It will be recalled that Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, had a meeting with Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, September 4.

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Photos from the meeting surfaced online and there was widespread news about Nigeria receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

Health ministry clarifies report, says Nigeria has not received Russian COVID-19 vaccine yet

What was handed over was an aide memoir and not COVID-19 vaccine. Photo Credit: @Fmohnigeria
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Correcting the wrong impression, Oyetomi disclosed that what was handed over to Nigerian authorities was an aide memoir on the recently announced Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine which will enable the country's team study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application.

“The Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine is still in the custody of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

Legit.ng had reported about renewed hope in the race to find a lasting solution to the coronavirus pandemic as the vaccine earlier announced by Russia shows promising results.

In August, the Russian government announced production of a vaccine for the novel COVID-19, adding that it will begin mass vaccinations against the virus in October.

Preliminary trials reportedly showed that the vaccine which was unveiled by Russia without proper testing may be safe and induces an immune response.

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However, experts said the findings were “encouraging but small” and did not yet prove the vaccine was effective or safe.

Meanwhile, an earlier report has indicated that the Australian government is considering banning citizens in the country from flights, restaurants, and public transportation if they don't get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Nick Coatsworth, the deputy chief medical officer, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 19, at a press conference.

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According to Coatsworth, health officials and ministers would discuss measures to encourage Australians to take the coronavirus vaccine.

The deputy chief medical officer went on to add that there is currently no mechanism to enforce the rule.

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