FG: COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Nigeria in January 2021

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The Federal Government Wednesday said that the COVID-19 Vaccine was expected to arrive in the country by January, next year.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that already a technical working group working on the COVID-19 Vaccine had been set up, and that the country had signed up with the World Health Organization, WHO.

According to him, “A technical working group is working on the question on vaccine. We have signed up with the World Health Organisation and Gavi for access to vaccines immediately they are available.

“We also had bilateral discussions with manufacturers. Some of them have written to us that they want to have discussions with us. One of them, as I speak to you, is already having a discussion with the Ministry of Health and the one that British and Russia team are putting together.

“We are working with them because if we cannot get enough from one source, we should be able to get from other sources. So, we are looking at multiple sources. We had a conversation with United Arab Emirates.

”The ambassador came to see us and told us that they are buying vaccines from China and had tested them. So, they said they are introducing them to us. So, we said we would listen to them because the one that is effective and healthy in those countries and is available is the one we shall bring and that has also proven to be safe.”

He stated that he presented some memos to the council which included the setting up of modern and comprehensive cancer treatment centers in Maiduguri, improving the mobility for NAFDAC by approving more vehicles for them.

According to him, ”But the most important topic of the day is the Covid-19 and those who have been watching the briefings for a long time will note that for weeks we have been talking about the imminence of Covid-19 second wave which has been going on in Europe and America causing great embarrassment to the health system and which we have been talking about could be coming into our country is beginning to really manifest.

“We are appealing to all those who have shops, stores, do not allow any person into your store unless that person is wearing a mask. And if youre a buyer do not go and bye anywhere if the seller is not wearing a mask.”

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