The Russian COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Nigeria, Abuja precisely on the 4th of September 2020. It was received in Abuja by the honorable minister of health, Osagie Ehanire from the Russian ambassador to Nigeria Alex Shebarshin.
The vaccine is coming ahead of the controversial Bill Gates Vaccine which is still passing through testing and other protocols. The development has disappointed many experts working on Bill Gates Vaccine and they have been attacking the Russian government for flouting international vaccine protocols.
With Nigeria’s large population, many developed countries working on vaccines will be sending samples to Nigeria. It is worthy of note that the Venezuelan government also sent samples of its herbs which was claimed to be effective in treating COVID-19 to Nigeria.
The American government which claimed to be on the verge of concluding testing for its own vaccine will soon be in Nigeria for a similar purpose. Nigeria has the largest black population on earth and COVID-19 deaths have surpassed over a thousand.
Global health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Center for Diseases Control (CDC) earlier recommended that only a vaccine can bring a lasting solution to the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
When a vaccine is found and confirmed to be good for use after testing, every human on earth will be required to take it. When official, those in the medical profession will be the first set of users because of their exposure to the infection.
In human history, polio, small-pox among other viral infections has been taken care of with a vaccine. So, it is believed that a vaccine will help put an end to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Nigeria Cannot Use Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Without WHO Approval
The Russian COVID-19 vaccine has been in Nigeria since September 4th and it has been generating reactions. The Nigerian government will not be distributing the Russian COVID-19 vaccine without testing it to ensure that the claims made by the Russian experts are justified.
If the Nigerian ministry of health test and ascertain its efficacy and safety, it could be open for distribution to Nigerians. However, the Honorable Minister of health Osagie Ehanire was careful not to make any public statement about distributing the vaccine since the vaccine issue is very controversial.
On the twitter handle of the federal ministry of health, the minister shared that Nigeria wishes to foster collaboration with Russia to come up with a lasting solution to the pandemic. Nigeria has also indicated an interest in joining the vaccine producing countries.
However, the WHO backed Bill Gates Vaccine is still in the pipeline. It will also be sent to Nigeria for possible adoption. Nigeria cannot openly adopt Russia’s vaccine at this time since the WHO seems to be on the side of Bill Gates.
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