Written by Kess Ewubare
– Russia has delivered samples of its COVID-19 vaccine to the Nigerian government
– The Russian ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin delivered the samples to the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire
– Ehanire said the samples of the vaccine will be reviewed by NAFDAC
The Nigerian government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus disease got a boost on Friday, September 4, when it received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The Russian ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin delivered the samples to the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire in Abuja.
The Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine was handed to Nigeria with an aide memoir. Photo credits: Federal ministry of health.
The ministry of health disclosed that the ambassador handed over the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria with an aide memoir which explains the details for Nigerian teams to study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application.
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Ehanire disclosed that the vaccine would be subjected to evaluation by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire said the vaccine would be quickly referred to NAFDAC for review. Photo credits: Federal ministry of health.
Adebimpe Adebiyi, the director of the hospital services department at the ministry of health said the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine has provided an opportunity for Nigeria to expand its vaccine production.
In another report, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 216 new cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria, taking the total infections in the country to 54,463.
The new cases announced via the agency’s Twitter account on Wednesday night, September 2, were recorded in 16 states, including the Federal Capital Territory.
Legit.ng notes that Plateau state leads the chart with 59 cases while Rivers and Abia follow with 27 and 22 cases respectively.
Meanwhile, a report by NBC News claims the administration of President Donald Trump is pulling US officials from the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) despite the rising cases of coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
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The US will not be a part of the WHO-led plan to distribute a vaccine known as COVAX globally.
Legit.ng gathered that the US officially announced its withdrawal from the WHO this summer, initiating a year-long process that would not go into effect until a year later on July 6, 2021.
Still on health news, following the federal government’s adjustments to the nationwide curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lifespan of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Thursday, September 3, at the daily briefing of the task force, The Nation reported.
It was gathered that the taskforce which was supposed to wind down on Thursday, September 17, has been extended to the end of December 2020.