- The federal government said it will subject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine to testing whenever it arrives Nigeria
- The minister of state for health, Adeleke Mamora made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja
- Mamora faulted reports that claimed that the vaccine was already in Nigeria
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The federal government has disclosed that whenever the Russian COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Nigeria, it would be evaluated by relevant agencies before it is approved for citizens.
The minister of state for health, Adeleke Mamora told a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, September 10, that reports claiming the Russian COVID-19 was already in Nigeria were untrue.
He said the federal government is yet to receive the Russian vaccine, noting that all the ministry of health got was a memoir informing Nigeria of what Russia is working on, The Nation reported.
Mamora disclosed that the Russian vaccine is still in the third phase of clinical trials.
He said the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) would have to certify the vaccine safe whenever it arrives in Nigeria.
“Even when the vaccine is ready at all, it will still be subjected to our own processes here. That is why have NAFDAC and NIPRD,” he said.
In another news, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 176 new cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria, taking the total to 55,632.
The new cases were recorded in 17 states with the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Plateau states taking the top chart.
With the new infections, Nigeria now has 55,632 confirmed cases, 43,610 recoveries and 1,070 deaths.
Meanwhile, following a meeting and agreement reached with the federal government, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the nationwide industrial action.
Legit.ng reported that the president of NARD, Aliyu Sokumba, made the confirmation which speaking to Channels TV on the evening of Thursday, September 10.
Sokumba disclosed that the union would review the progress made in talks with the federal government in two weeks.
The federal government and the doctors had on Wednesday, September 9, reached an agreement in a bid to end the industrial action.
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