The Federal Government has said that Nigerian Scientists have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this on Monday at the joint national briefing of the taskforce in Abuja.
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“The disclosure that Nigerian Scientists have produced at least two (2) local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant. I call on all relevant agencies to provide the required support and enabling environment for smooth conduct of the remaining protocols for the certification of these vaccines with a view to encouraging and motivating other researchers,” Mustapha said.
He recalled that one year ago, exactly 21 March, 2020, a total lockdown was declared by the government in some parts of the country due to Coronavirus pandemic that hit the nation.
He said, “In the past one year, the socio-economic impact on us cannot be underestimated. Many people lost their livelihood and many people lost loved ones. May their souls find rest with their maker.”
Why we can’t lower our guards despite declining cases
The SGF also said that on Sunday, Nigeria recorded the lowest number of cases so far this year.
He said, “We have also seen a decline in cases in the 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.
“Although, situations around the world now show some increase in cases, especially in the Americas, Europe and 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 added that the PTF will keep Nigerians posted with number of persons vaccinated so far in as much as the record shows that over seven million persons have been vaccinated in Africa.
Mustapha said that a platform will be created in the course of the week to show Nigerians every information relating to the management of vaccines and the pandemic.
MTN donates 300,000 doses of vaccine
The SGF said on Sunday, 21 March, 2021, the PTF received 300,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from MTN Nigeria.
He commended the organisation and urged other partners to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19.