The Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC) has licensed AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine secure to be used in Nigeria.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Well being, made this identified on Friday at an occasion held on the Nationwide Hospital in Abuja.
Ehanire defined that the federal government company cleared the vaccine to be used in Nigeria after NAFDAC concluded its closing check on it.
Ehanire stated, “The long-awaited day is right here on which Nigerians can now be part of others within the world neighborhood to be vaccinated towards the dreaded COVID-19 virus.
“For us within the well being sector, it’s a reduction and the marking of the beginning of a tedious however hopeful train to see our fellow residents develop immunity towards this virus.”
He added, “I’m additionally relieved once more to announce that at 12 minutes previous midnight at the moment (Friday), I received a textual content message informing me that NAFDAC has licensed this vaccine to be used, in any other case, we won’t be sitting right here at the moment.”
Recall that Nigeria, on Tuesday, obtained 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and shipped by way of the COVAX facility.
COVID-19: NAFDAC certifies AstraZeneca vaccines secure to be used in Nigeria