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COVID-19: FG warns Nigerians against uncertified vaccine

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has warned Nigerians against procurement of uncertified vaccine in the black market, while reassured that no stone will be left unturned in the effort to access safe and efficacious vaccines. The Chairman of Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the Press Conference in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, “The PTF has been assured that Nigeria shall receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines very soon and Nigerians will be adequately informed on developments. “The multisectoral machinery will be deployed to enhance the logistics to the “last-mile administration” processes that have been put in place. This will involve community mobilization, training, transportation, storage, operations, etc.

“The real work involves every sub-national entities, the Communities, the citizens, and the Civil Societies. We crave your cooperation and support to achieve this. The Honorable Minister of Health and the Executive Director (NPHCDA) will elaborate on this during this briefing”, he said.

He noted that NAFDAC in the course of the week granted emergency use authorization for the use of AstraZeneca vaccines in Nigeria. This decision was reached after due process by the regulatory body. “Despite this milestone approval, which will obviously be a game changer, the PTF wishes to underscore the need to continue to take responsibility by observing all the non-pharmaceutical measures.

“Vaccines remain critical in the battle but we must remain well informed because of the intense transmission which is putting enormous pressure on the hospitals, intensive care units and health workers in our different communities”, he added.

He stated that in terms of numbers, statistics show that global COVID-19 cases and deaths have continued to decline. “Most countries have registered significant declines in cases but amongst the top 5, the decline in Brazil is still minimal.

“The African Region has shown high decline and South Africa continues to record a sustained daily decline in cases. The WHO Country Rep will elaborate on this.As at 21st February, 2021, Nigerian statistics show the following: Cases: 152,074, Fatalities: 1,839, Recoveries: 128,668, Active Cases: 21,567 and No. of Tests: 1,489,103”, he said.

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