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Fake COVID-19 vaccines in circulation — FG alerts Nigerians

The Federal Authorities, on Monday, warned Nigerians in opposition to patronising uncertified COVID-19 vaccine from non-public people.

The Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire, whereas talking in the course of the each day briefing of the Presidential Activity Drive, PTF on COVID-19, stated the Federal Authorities was conscious of official reviews of enormous scale fraud and counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines already in circulation.

He stated the Federal Authorities was not prepared to acquire vaccines from non-public importers, including that no vaccine could be allowed into Nigeria with out being licensed by the Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management (NAFDAC).

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“The necessity to contain the non-public sector in shelling out vaccines might be studied by the vaccine coordinating committee and NPHCDA, which has the mandate to manage vaccines in Nigeria”, he stated.

Additionally, the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF, urged Nigerians to shun procurement of vaccines from black market.

“We due to this fact plead for endurance and vigilance.

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“The multi-sectoral equipment might be deployed to boost the logistics to the ‘last-mile administration’ processes put in place”, he stated.

In line with him, the preliminary 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, lately authorized by NAFDAC, would quickly be acquired.

Recall that the NAFDAC final week granted emergency use authorization for the usage of AstraZeneca vaccines in Nigeria.

Pretend COVID-19 vaccines in circulation — FG alerts Nigerians

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