The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, warned Nigerians against patronizing uncertified Covid-19 vaccine from private individuals.
While the health minister was speaking during the daily briefing of the presidential Task Force, PTF on Covid-19 explained that Federal Government was aware of official reports of large-scale fraud and counterfeit Covid-19 vaccines already in circulation.
He added that Federal Government was not ready to procure vaccines from private importers, adding that no vaccine would be allowed into Nigeria without being certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
“The need to involve the private sector in dispensing vaccines will be studied by the vaccine coordinating committee and NPHCDA, which has the mandate to administer vaccines in Nigeria”, he said.
“The multi-sectorial machinery will be deployed to enhance the logistics to the ‘last-mile administration’ processes put in place,” he said.
According to him, the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, recently approved by NAFDAC, would soon be received.
Recall that the NAFDAC last week granted emergency use authorization for the use of AstraZeneca vaccines in Nigeria.