On Monday, the federal government warned Nigerians not to protect the unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine from private individuals.
Speaking at a daily briefing of the PTF presidential working group on COVID-19, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said the Federal Government was aware of official reports of major fraud and counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines already in circulation.
He said the federal government was not ready to procure vaccines from private importers, adding that no vaccine would be released in Nigeria without the approval of the National Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC).
“The need to involve the private sector in the issuance of vaccines will be examined by the Vaccine Coordination Committee and the NPHCDA, which has a mandate to administer vaccines in Nigeria,” he said.
Also, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation and the Chairman of the PTF, called on Nigerians to avoid purchasing vaccines from the black market.
“Therefore, we pray for patience and vigilance.
“Multi-sectoral mechanisms will be deployed to improve logistics in established last-mile administration processes,” he said.
According to him, the initial four million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, recently approved by NAFDAC, will be received soon.
Recall that NAFDAC last week approved an emergency use permit for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Nigeria.