COVID-19: Made-In-Nigeria Vaccines Awaiting Clinical Trials — FG

Speaking further, he said a year ago, which is exactly March 21, 2020, a total lock­down was declared by the government in some parts of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and noted that the socio-eco­nomic impact on the coun­try could not be underesti­mated.

Speaking further, he said a year ago, which is exactly March 21, 2020, a total lock­down was declared by the government in some parts of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and noted that the socio-eco­nomic impact on the coun­try could not be underesti­mated.

“Many people lost their livelihood and many people lost loved ones. May their souls find rest with their maker.

“Yesterday, again, Ni­geria recorded the lowest number of cases so far this year.

“We have also seen a de­cline in cases in high bur­den countries around the African region.

“This does not call for us to lower our guards as the virus is still potent and virulent.

“This is the right time to adhere to the full com­pliance of the NPIs and be vaccinated.

“Situations around the world now show some in­crease in cases, especially in the Americas, Europe, and the East Mediterra­nean regions, which sug­gests that they could be a third wave, further affirms that non-compliance with COVID-19 regulations and growing evidence of vac­cine hesitancy could endan­ger millions of lives.”

He gave the impression that the PTF was having difficulty sensitising Nige­rians on the efficacy of the vaccines being deployed.

He said there was a sensitisation meeting of the Muslim scholars and Imams on COVID-19 vac­cination rollout on Friday organised by the NPHCDA, in collaboration with the Nigerian Supreme Coun­cil for Islamic Affairs (NS­CIA), where they urged the leadership of the Muslim Ummah to mobilise and educate their adherents to take the vaccines because it was safe and efficacious.

According to the SGF, so far, our record shows that over seven million persons have been vaccinated in Africa.

A platform will be cre­ated in the course of the week to show Nigerians every piece of information relating to the management of vaccines and, of course, the pandemic.

Commenting on the ef­forts of donor agencies, he disclosed that on Sunday, March 21, 2021, the PTF received 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from MTN Nige­ria, which was acknowl­edged with thanks as other partners were encouraged to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19.

Source: INDEPENDENT

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