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Vaccine manufacturers to rely on solar power

Vaccine manufacturers to rely on solar power
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Manufacturers of vaccines will leverage solar-powered generators as backup.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has asserted that local vaccine manufacturers will have to leverage solar-powered generators as a backup plan, pending the improvement on the issue of epileptic power supply, which remains a major concern not just to the citizen but also to the Federal Government and companies under various industries. Dr. Ehanire disclosed this during the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ministerial forum in Abuja, following when the World Health Organization (WHO) selected Nigeria as one of the six African countries to receive the technology needed to produce the vaccines.

Dr. Ehanire was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s position during a visit to South Korea in October, where he expressed the country’s readiness to become a global hub for the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines and urged for quick commencement of mRNA vaccines local production. Also, while addressing the World Bio Summit 2022, Buhari reiterated on the plan as he pledged commitment to the global response to known or emerging pathogens, including the global vaccine assurance ecosystem and equitable access for all.

Nigeria has also begun to learn how to produce the mRNA vaccine.

Furthermore, the minister lauded the president Muhammed Buhari’s administration on its significant effort to ensure a stable electric power supply in the country as he emphasized on the crucial importance of electricity power supplies in the production of vaccines. He asserts that the country still has the Mambila and Kashimbila dams, which, once activated together with the various gas plant at work, would generate more electricity than the voltage currently in circulation across the country.

He added that the government is also in collaboration with Bio Vaccine Nigeria Limited, where it owns 49 percent equity, to start producing both routine and other vaccines in the country. Nigeria has also begun to learn how to produce the mRNA vaccine, the main vaccine used for COVID-19. According to him, Nigerian representatives are currently present at the ongoing African training for mRNA technology in South Korea to amass knowledge about the technology.

The country collaborates with Veterinary Research Institute.

Additionally, he reveals that the country would partner with the Serum Institute of India to commence local manufacturing of vaccines used in the country’s immunization programs, enabling Nigerian representatives to acquire the knowledge. This is focused on routine vaccines, the ones for the standard program on immunization, and is different from the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is similar to the mRNA technology, with a difference in the refinement process and requires deep knowledge and capacity, which the country is focused on amassing.

The health minister also disclosed that the government was working with the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Plateau, a producer of animal vaccines since 1924. Also, in recent times, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Usra Harahap, held a crucial discussion with top executives of Bio Vaccines Nigeria Limited, a Joint-Venture (JV) between the Federal Government and May & Baker Nigeria Plc in Lagos, which is viewed as part of the gradual build-up and modality to scale up vaccine manufacturing in Nigeria.

Biofarma is expected to provide Nigeria necessary technical support.

It was disclosed that the diplomat’s visit to the JV enterprise was in connection with the working relationship between Indonesia’s Biofarma and Bio Vaccines Nigeria, a partnership that dates back to 2019. According to the Chief Operating Officer of Bio Vaccines, Everest Okeakpu, Biofarma is expected to provide the necessary technical support for Nigeria to grow local capability in vaccine production. Nigeria had approved 15 percent of the country’s vaccine procurement to Bio Vaccines to give it a platform to attract technology and funding partners. The Minister of Health signed the agreement in 2020 and is still awaiting the Federal Executive Council (FEC) endorsement.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
4 months ago

It’s a total shame at this present time when light is daily everywhere we are still having our epileptic supply,imagine our vaccine producers will depend on solar powered generators in order to be able to produce vaccines.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
4 months ago

It is very bad that a country as big as Nigeria with lots of potentials is still talking about epileptic power generation and also can’t produce a single dose of any vaccine for consumption for her citizens.

Abusi
Abusi
4 months ago

The power supply in Nigeria is very poor. It is okay the vaccines developers and scientist should depend on solar panel to generate power. This is also an innovation from their discovery. Instead of depending on our NEPA whose power fluctuates.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
4 months ago

Until the problem with the electrical grid can be resolved, local vaccine producers will have to rely on solar-powered generators.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
4 months ago

The Federal Government of Nigeria is not serious at all, No shame. Corruption won’t allow them fix light

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
4 months ago

until the problem of epileptic power supply is resolved, which is of great concern to citizens, the federal government, and businesses across a wide range of sectors.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
4 months ago

We have stated that our nation is prepared to become a central location for the production and distribution of vaccinations on a worldwide scale, and we have called for the immediate start of production of mRNA vaccines in the country.

Bola12
Bola12
4 months ago

The rise in price of these petroleum products poses a risk not only to the welfare of local residents but also to the economy as a whole.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
4 months ago

we believe the country is prepared to become a worldwide centre for vaccine manufacture and distribution, and they have pushed for the immediate start of mRNA vaccines local production.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
4 months ago

I like that they promised to work toward a world where everyone has equal access to vaccines and the world is able to respond effectively to both established and emergent illnesses.

Christiana
Christiana
4 months ago

its good that Indonesia’s Biofarma and Nigeria’s Bio Vaccines Nigeria are partners, and the diplomat’s visit to the JV firm was related to that partnership.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
4 months ago

It is anticipated that Biofarma will offer Nigeria the required technological support in order to expand the country’s capabilities in the manufacture of vaccines.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
4 months ago

Nigeria has a severely inadequate supply of electricity. It is acceptable for scientists and those developing vaccines to rely on solar panels as their primary source of electricity generation.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
4 months ago

Imagine our vaccine manufacturers being reliant on solar-powered generators to make vaccinations; it would be a huge waste of resources to continue using traditional power sources when sunlight is available 24 hours a day everywhere.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
4 months ago

It’s terrible that Nigeria, a country of such size and potential, is stuck in discussions about epileptic power generation and can’t even produce a single dose of any vaccine for her citizens to use.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
4 months ago

Our manufacturer relying on solar power as back up since our electricity power is poor is better they should switch to solar entire if that will be enough for them rather than depending on electricity power

theApr
theApr
4 months ago

Since electricity supply is a determinant to production of vaccines, then that shows the crucialness of electricity supply. The minister has also ensured an improvement on the electricity supply

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
4 months ago

This is an innovation from their discovery. It’s another of way of making vaccines production consistent, better of depending on our NEPA whose power fluctuates.

Remi1
Remi1
4 months ago

The vaccine is comparable to mRNA technology, but the refinement process is different, and it requires extensive knowledge and skill, which the nation is concentrating on acquiring.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
4 months ago

To compensate for the low quality of our electricity supply, many of our factories have begun using solar power as a backup source of energy. If this proves sufficient, however, the manufacturers would be better off switching to solar power entirely.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
4 months ago

The world is fast advancing Nigeria can afford to be left out. Solar power generation is the next level in electric power generation. It will be a welcome idea if drugs and vaccine manufacturers can leverage on this to produce vaccines

DimOla
DimOla
4 months ago

The world is tilting towards solar powered generator, our manufacturers should also embrace such opportunity for drugs and vaccines production.

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