COVID-19: Nigeria Disburses N10bn For Vaccine Production

Osagie Ehanire

According to reports, the Ministry of Finance has released N10 billion to support COVID-19 vaccine production in the country.

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 briefing on Monday, 18 January in Abuja.

Mr Ehanire said: “The Ministry of Finance has released N10 billion to support domestic vaccine production.

“While we are working to develop our own vaccines, Nigeria is exploring options for licensed production, in collaboration with recognised institutions. We are also exploring the option of local production of the vaccines in the country.”

He urged Nigerians to ignore claims by some people that they had COVID-19 vaccines for sale in the country.

“I advise all citizens to disregard these claims, as they are criminal. There are procedures for vaccine acquisition and use, which include appropriate regulations and certification by National Agency for Food and Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“I advise against fake vaccines, as there is no one approved for use in the country. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is the only authorised vaccine administrator in Nigeria,” he said.

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