The Nigerian Government, through the Ministry of Finance, has released N10 billion to support domestic COVID-19 vaccine production.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire confirmed this on Monday at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He noted that while the Nigerian Government is working to develop its own vaccines, “Nigeria is exploring options for licensed production in collaboration with recognized institutions, we are also exploring the option of local production of the vaccines in the country and have had discussions with a producer.”
Speaking on the COVID-19 vaccine that is reportedly on sale in the country, the Minister warned Nigerians against fake vaccines.
“There are reports of claims by some persons in Nigeria, to have COVID-19 vaccines for sale in the country. I advise all citizens to disregard these claims as they are criminal.
“There are procedures for vaccine acquisition and use which include appropriate regulation and certification by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“I advise against the risk of fake vaccines, as there is no vaccine yet approved for use and NPHCDA is the only authorized vaccine administrator in Nigeria.”