In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, September, 2020

Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccine

Nigeria Can't Produce COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr Chikwe

Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Director-Basic of Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has disclosed that Nigeria doesn’t have sufficient capability for manufacturing of vaccines.

Ihekweazu who made this identified in a tv programme in Abuja and in addition expressed optimism that the nation is not going to lack entry to vaccines when they’re accessible.

The NCDC DG revealed that a lot of the vaccines must be produced in India and different nations, however the nation will leverage on its refined distribution system by way of the Nationwide Main Well being Care Growth Company (NPHCDA).

Ihekweazu stated;

“Crucial factor in short-term aim for a vaccine is entry. We’re a part of a world coalition referred to as COVAX that’s working very exhausting to make sure equitable entry internationally as soon as these vaccines turn out to be accessible.

“There are two necessary standards for vaccines – efficacy, that’s in the event that they work, and security. As soon as that is confirmed, and we hope to get that information by the top of the 12 months, then the subsequent huge problem is manufacturing capability.

We don’t have lots in Nigeria; a lot of the manufacturing will possible occur in India and some different nations. The third side will then be the distribution. That’s the place we actually have plenty of capability.”

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