- Locally-made COVID-19 vaccines are now available according to the federal government
- This was announced during a press briefing in Abuja by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha
- Apart from coordinating the implementation of government policies and programmes, Mustapha chairs the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19
The federal government has revealed that some Nigerian scientists have produced at least two COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, revealed this on Monday, March 22 while addressing journalists in Abuja.
Daily Trust quoted the SGF as saying:
“The disclosure that Nigerian scientists have produced at least two (2) local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant.
“I call on all relevant agencies to provide the required support and enabling environment for smooth conduct of the remaining protocols for the certification of these vaccines with a view to encouraging and motivating other researchers.”
The SGF also said that on Sunday, March 21, Nigeria recorded the lowest number of cases so far this year.
Meanwhile, the federal government has revealed that no Nigerian will be forced to take part in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.
The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora confirmed this on Friday, March 19 in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
In a related development, the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has maintained that the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria should not be halted because of the fears of side-effects.
NAFDAC's director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, advised that with the rate of deaths from the pandemic both locally and globally, it will be wrong and dangerous to stop the exercise.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.