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Nigeria Turns To Russia, India For Covid-19 Vaccines – Lawyard

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Nigeria has prolonged its seek for Covid-19 vaccines to Russia and India in a bid to get sufficient provides to fulfill its goal of vaccinating 40% of its number living by the tip of 2021.

The federal authorities stated it has obtained vaccine samples from Russia and India for testing by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The newest transfer got here within the wake of a disclosure by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that 75 well being employees have examined sure for the virus within the final one week.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, informed his viewers at a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coovid-19 on Tuesday in Abuja that the federal authorities is strictly monitoring growth within the worldwide scene, particularly on the procurement of vaccines for the nation.

However, he expressed concern over the report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the scramble for the restricted portions of vaccines by strong nations.

Although the minister didn’t disclose the names of the vaccines from each Russia and India, Sputnik V is the primary registered vaccine towards Covid-19 in Russia whereas India final month formally permitted the emergency use of two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin.

Covishield, a kind of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is being manufactured regionally by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker.

Covaxin, the native vaccine, nevertheless, was permitted regardless of the absence of knowledge on how environment friendly it may be. It has but to undergo large-scale trials.

Ehanire defined that Nigeria can’t be neglected of the worldwide scramble for the vaccines because the federal authorities owes it an obligation to guard the individuals towards the pandemic.

He stated: “We have been keeping a strict eye on the vaccines’ scene and those who follow international news would have heard of the scramble for vaccines, which has pitted some countries against each other in Europe, as wealthy high-income countries have prepaid to allocate vaccines to them.

A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation estimated that 95% of vaccines manufactured globally so far have gone to only 10 rich and powerful countries.

According to him, Nigeria is joining the WHO in urging for global equity in the allocation of vaccines, since the pandemic is a threat to mankind and not only to any country alone.

Ehanire said the Director-General of the WHO, Mr. Tedros Adhanom, has repeatedly stated that no country is safe till all countries are safe.

The minister added that the date of the first arrival of vaccines in Nigeria has kept changing because the decision lies with the manufacturers who already have heavy commitments.

According to him, Nigeria has been advised to expect the first batch of vaccines from COVAX from February.

He said the government will continue to review plans to ensure a smooth rollout of vaccines.

He stated that the federal government will need the support of state governments on remuneration of vaccinators.

“The NAFDAC is the approving agency for all vaccines that will be used in Nigeria and this approval is required and must be sought before importation. Till date, only two companies have submitted the samples of their vaccines to NAFDAC, where the evaluation is ongoing.

“Vaccines without NAFDAC certification are illegal and may be dangerous in the light of fake vaccines, said to be already in circulation in parts of Europe,” he stated.

On the standing of vaccine procurement drive, Ehanire stated Nigeria has been allotted over 41 million doses by the African Union’s African Vaccines Acquisition Task Team (AVATT).

The nation can also be anticipating 15 million of about 42 million doses from COVAX.

“Altogether, it will give us coverage for over 50% of our target for 2021, if we can access all doses promised,” he stated.

Ehanire stated the Ministry of Health and its companies might be partaking with numerous segments of society within the coming weeks to sensitise them on Infection Prevention and Control and vaccines.

The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in his replace, lamented that the nation has been witnessing rising casualties from the pandemic because the starting of the brand new yr.

He stated 75 well being employees had examined sure for the virus within the final week, a scenario he described as tragic.

Ihekweazu suggested all well being employees to strictly adhere to the well being protocols to keep away from being victims of the pandemic, including that the lives of different Nigerians who could be contaminated by illnesses could be to a big extent on their capability to return to their rescue.

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