Covid-19 Vaccines Will Not Be Available Until Next Year – FG Warns
The Federal Government has warned Nigerians during this season of Covid-19 pandemic, stating that no reliable therapeutics has been confirmed. The Federal Government has also added that Covid-19 vaccines will not be available until 2021.
This was announced by Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Federal Minister of Health during the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19. He said, “Vaccines will not be available until next year at best. No reliable therapeutics has been confirmed but our country must restart businesses, including travel to allow citizens to earn their livelihood.”
“Compliance with all the recommended measures like wearing your masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings etc will go a long way to help,” he added.
The Minister of Health also appealed to the striking health workers to call off their industrial actions.
“I also use this opportunity to renew my calls to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to put the plight, safety and well-being of their patients into consideration and to call off the ongoing strike while the differences are being addressed by negotiations.
“It is important to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is real and spreading gradually in some parts of the world as we speak. It is risky to believe that it is going away even though it looks as if the figures are reducing here. Some countries are experiencing the so-called second waves with all the complications that go along with this easily spreading disease,” he said.