Nigerians have suggested the Federal Authorities to tighten all free ends and keep away from the infiltration of faux COVID-19 vaccines because the nation prepares to obtain its first tranche of the Pfizer vaccines accredited by the World Well being Group, WHO.
The respondents gave the recommendation on the backdrop of studies concerning the unwanted effects of the vaccine which is already being administered in a number of international locations of the world.
Those that spoke with DAILY POST in Port Harcourt mentioned the Federal authorities ought to make sure that companies saddled with the accountability of approving products-use within the nation don’t compromise and fail of their responsibility.
One of many respondents, Bassey Effiong mentioned, “If the vaccines have been examined and located match for Nigerians then they need to be distributed via the Ministry of Well being and their companies. It’s because the Ministry of Well being already has equipment in place to handle and distribute vaccines. We’ve seen how they inoculated our youngsters with the polio vaccines, smallpox and others.”
In response to Mercy Obinna, “We’ve seen folks taking the Pfizer, BionTech and Moderna vaccines and people are those Nigerians know however as a result of Nigerians don’t belief the system. There are fears that the Federal authorities might now go and purchase COVID-19 vaccines from China.
“Thank God we’ve NAFDAC and this concept about sturdy establishments should come to play now like we’ve within the US and different developed international locations. We all know that in Nigeria folks take bribes but when our establishments are sturdy I don’t suppose there’s a want for Nigerians to concern,” one other respondent, Kingsley mentioned.
However talking with DAILY POST in Port Harcourt, South-South Zonal Director of the Nationwide Company for Meals and Drug Administration and Management, NAFDAC, Subolade Isijola, assured Nigerians that there is no such thing as a trigger for alarm.
Isijola mentioned in a bid to make sure that counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines don’t enter Nigeria, NAFDAC is taking precautionary measures throughout all of the States of the federation to make sure that the integrity of the vaccines should not compromised.
“We’ve visited nearly all of the storage amenities within the South-South and I can let you know that Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Edo are able to obtain and retailer these vaccines. We’re additionally collaborating with different companies to facilitate clean and simple distribution of the vaccines after they arrive.
“We aren’t taking something to probability in order that the integrity of those vaccines are maintained till they get to the tip customers,” she mentioned.
COVID-19: Keep away from importation, gross sales of faux vaccines – Nigerians advise FG