Nigeria to Develop COVID 19 Vaccine- President Buhari

Nigeria to Develop COVID 19 Vaccine- President Buhari

  • Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that the country is working towards developing a COVID 19 vaccine
  • Experts have stated that the country needs more than its low supply of vaccines to meet up its target
  • So far, the country’s major option of vaccine acquisition has been through the COVAX facility

Nigeria is working on developing its own COVID 19 vaccine, President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed during a recent televised interview.

The country’s leader has made this claim amid the growing cases of the virus in the country.

Health experts have predicted that Nigeria needs to step up its vaccination drive from just over 100,000 to meet up with its target of vaccinating half its population by the end of 2023.

So far, the country has been exploring vaccine acquisition through the COVAX facility to enable it inoculation of 70% of its population.

The country has however experienced challenges in the form of receiving vaccines close to expiration.

Nigeria had to destroy more than 1 million expired vaccines last month after receiving donations with only a few weeks’ shelf life.

COVID 19 vaccine

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Speaking about the country’s vaccine situation, Buhari said:

“We are working very hard with the ministry of health to develop vaccines, We shouldn’t make noise about it until we succeed.”

Nigeria’s minister of state for health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora also confirmed to CNN that the country is looking to manufacture a vaccine hub within two or three years, depending on the availability of funds.

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