- The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has debunked claims that the new COVID-19 vaccine contains microchips
- The NPHCDA also dismissed growing fears that the vaccine is part of a conspiracy theory to change the DNA of Nigerians
- The healthcare body said it is very interested in the well-being of citizens
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The viral claims among Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccine contains some microchips and is capable of changing the human DNA have been utterly dismissed.
The dismissal was made by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) through its executive officer, Faisal Shuaib, The Cable reports.
Shuaib on Wednesday, March 3, explained that it is the responsibility of health workers and scientists to address all questions from citizens about the vaccine with the utmost respect and seriousness.
The NPHCDA boss added that it is the task of the agency to inform Nigerians about the vaccine, apart from merely administering it.
"It is our responsibility not to just offer the vaccine but we also have to put in the hard work to convince Nigerians, to provide them with the information around their questions.
"So is there a chip for example? No there is no chip in the vaccine. Is it possible that this will change your DNA? No, that doesn’t happen."
Meanwhile, the first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as announced by the NPHCDA.
The health agency announced the vaccine's arrival via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 2.
President Muhammadu Buhari's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, also announced the vaccine's arrival via Twitter.
"JUST IN: The first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines has arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja."
Earlier, the federal government released an update of the serum. The government revealed that about four million doses of vaccines from the COVAX facility for COVID-19 treatment will be delivered in Nigeria.
This was revealed by the chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Saturday night, February 27.
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