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Thursday, February 18, 2021

NAFDAC Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine For Use In Nigeria



From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday approved AstraZeneca Vaccine for use in Nigeria.

The Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye announced the approval at a press conference in Abuja.

She  disclosed  NAFDAC got the dossier of the vaccine a week ago and afterwards, the agency's  safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the Astrazeneca vaccine was recently approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use to tackle the spread of COVID -19 and stop the pandemic in its track.

This puts Nigeria in a better position in the ongoing battle against the infection of Coronavirus pandemic in a environment where denial of the existence of the virus in the country and compliance with safe physical distance are setbacks to curtailing the spread.

The Director-General noted that the vaccine could be stored in two to eight degrees Centigrade.

According to her, three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation with the agency

The evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the United Kingdom variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria while the South African variant has not been reported in the country.



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