Nigeria to begin production of vaccines

Nigeria to begin production of vaccines
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30% of Nigeria’s population has received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) attests one million COVID-19 deaths in 2022, stating that the overall record of COVID-19 deaths since its first detection in China, in 2019, is over 6 million. Based on a report by Daily Mail UK, pandemic tracking analysts disclosed countries with majority fatalities that have been logged so far. The highest is the United States with 217,627 deaths; Russia comes second with 72,556 fatalities; Brazil has also recorded over 63,000 deaths; while India has recorded about 45,700 deaths.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, said that with the occurrence of tens of thousands of deaths, it is impossible for the world to claim that it is learning to live with COVID-19, notwithstanding the possession of all the tools required for the prevention of the disease. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also recently revealed that out of Nigeria’s 215 million population, about 5,442,162 persons have been tested, with 263,300 confirmed cases. However, there has only been a record of about 3,100 deaths.

Misconception on vaccination challenges in Nigeria.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, warning concerning the mutation of the virus, mentioned how dangerous and deadly it is, although the impressive records of declining deaths in the country, due to ongoing vaccinations. At the award ceremony to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week in Abuja, Nasarawa was awarded the overall best in COVID-19 vaccination across the country, Ebonyi was also awarded the prize for routine immunization, having a total of 90 percent coverage score.

Likewise, Ogun State and Lagos State emerged best performing state on vaccination and best performing state on routine immunization in the South West region respectively. The SGF, Mustapha, in his observation at the award ceremony mentioned how challenging it has been over the years, to overcome the misconceptions on vaccination, despite several meetings, organized by the federal government of Nigeria with stakeholders and partners across the country to convince Nigerians to aid the promotion of vaccine uptake.

Nigeria has vaccinated 40M of its population.

Despite all odds, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, affirmed that Nigeria, with respect to its innovative strategies concerning the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, now ranks one of the high-performing countries in the world. In his words, the country has successfully vaccinated over 40 million persons, that is 30 percent of its population, against the COVID-19 disease. The percentage of vaccinated Nigerians is insufficient, therefore, the government would put more efforts to ensure the vaccination of more Nigerians.

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, during an oversight to the agency’s facilities and COVID-19 laboratory projects in Lagos also avouched to make Nigeria-produced vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, of internationally acceptable standard. She added that the pharmaceutical industry of Nigeria should take advantage of the ownership of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement through quality products, as it will strengthen NAFDAC’s laboratory, making it easier to compete favorably.

NAFDAC assures that Nigeria can now produce it’s own vaccines.

Adeyeye ascertained that with the World Health Organization (WHO) Maturity Level 3 certification, Nigeria can hopefully produce her own vaccines with full assurance of its quality to the populace as a result of NAFDAC’s strength. The Chairman of the House Committee on COVID-19, Dr Haruna Mshelia, said that the equipment is ready in the laboratories and awaiting installation. He therefore encouraged other agencies to learn from NAFDAC how they are implementing ICT for the progress of the organization and the nation.


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Ask Nigeria
25 days ago

Nigeria to begin production of vaccines30% of Nigeria’s population has received the COVID-19 vaccine.Express your point of view.

Last edited 25 days ago by AN-Dawn
Bola12
Member
23 days ago

I’m proud of the researchers in our health sector, taking up challenges like this will prove to the rest of the world that there are potentials in this country

Ultra0711
Member
24 days ago

These is a great development for us in Nigeria. These vaccines should be tested and confirm well to avoid it leaving any side effect on people

theApr
Member
24 days ago

This would improve NAFDAC’s laboratory, improving Nigeria’s pharmaceutical industry’s ability to compete globally.

Adesanyaj72
Member
24 days ago

The Nigerian pharmaceutical business should take use of its ownership of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement by producing high-quality goods. This would enhance NAFDAC’s laboratory, which in turn will make it simpler for Nigeria’s pharmaceutical industry to compete competitively.

Hassan Isa
Member
24 days ago

Since the current vaccination rate in Nigeria is insufficient, the government has pledged to increase its efforts to protect the health of its citizens by ensuring that more people get immunised.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
24 days ago

I’m opposing this numbers.. 30% of Nigeria’s population has received the COVID-19 vaccine. I feel the government should still make effort to enlighten the masses of the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, otherwise people will be reluctant to get vaccinated and even reject the vaccination. Nigeria looking forward to the production of vaccines is good.

Last edited 24 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
24 days ago

Even if there have been impressive statistics of fewer deaths around the country as a result of continued immunizations, we have reason to be concerned about a mutation of the virus that has been mentioned as being extremely harmful and lethal.

Tolaniiii
Member
24 days ago

Nigeria’s attempt to produce vaccines shows that the country’s health sector is getting better, but they should ensure that whatever they produce will be 100% safe

Christiana
Member
24 days ago

It’s good that a good number of people have been vaccinated, hopefully others will see the reason why they need to be vaccinated. I’m proud of Nigerian government

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
24 days ago

Despite the fact that the federal government of Nigeria has held a number of meetings with various stakeholders and partners across the country in an effort to persuade Nigerians to assist in the promotion of vaccine uptake, it is very difficult to overcome the misconceptions that exist regarding vaccination.

Remi1
Member
24 days ago

If our government does not make an attempt to explain and educate the public about the significance of the COVID-19 immunisation, then people are going to be dubious about it and unwilling to embrace the vaccination. Our government should make an effort.

Tonerol10
Member
24 days ago

☺ Really, how true is this number. It’s a welcome development if Nigeria can produce its own vaccine. By the way we are gifted people. The only problem we have is leadership. Government is frustrate Nigerians

Haykaylyon26
Member
24 days ago

This is a innovation that our country is begin to produce vaccine this will make more vaccine be available for people to take and fight against this disease

Abusi
Member
24 days ago

I’m happy Nigeria can now produce their own vaccines. Although I hope it is tested and it works efficiently before we use it for people. The COVID 19 vaccine will help us to get vaccinated against the disease.

DimOla
Member
24 days ago

Over 60 years Nigeria is still at the level of a developing nation due to selfish and bad leadership. We have solely depend on importation of everything including our drugs up to the level of matches and toothpicks. For Nigeria to start producing vaccines for COVID-19 is a great news. Anyway we want more of this. Please, government should try and clear the hoax behind COVID vaccine inoculation. There are misconception about it. Please,our political leaders should be sensible enough to realize that we can’t remain this state of improductivity. We are purely consuming and not producing it is bad.

jdpumping
Member
24 days ago

wow that’s a welcome development if Nigeria can produce its own vaccination with certification from WHO,and equipment are all ready awaiting installation,it’s note worthy that 30 percent of the population have been vaccinated due to covid19.

SarahDiv
Member
24 days ago

This is what we have being waiting for. Nigeria should start producing their vaccine rather than depend on importation of drugs. Also our government should make effort to inform and enlightening the masses of the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, otherwise people will be skeptical about it and will be unwilling to accept the vaccination.

Adeolastan
Member
25 days ago

If Nigeria stated production of vaccines,it will be a great development because it will provide more job opportunities and it will really reduce money spend on bringing those vaccine to the country.

Taiwoo
Member
25 days ago

It would be wonderful if other organisations could gain some insight from NAFDAC regarding how they are utilising ICT for the advancement of both the organisation and the country.

Chibuzor
Member
25 days ago

Are they sure that the numbers of people that have received a COVID vaccine is up to 30% because that feels like made up numbers and it’s hard to believe these people.

Kazeem1
Member
25 days ago

This is wonderful, now that we want to produce the vaccine I hope it will be properly distributed to the people, so they can benefit from it