FG States Reasons Nigeria Can’t Produce COVID-19 Vaccines.
Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has said Nigeria cannot produce COVID-19 vaccines because the process of producing them requires massive investment that has not been done for decades.
Shuaib stated this while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Gistlover understands.
“There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades.”
“In the 1960s, we use to make yellow fever vaccines in this country. In the 90s, we decided to change analogue ways of making yellow fever vaccines to more recent technologies.
“However, that transfer of technology never happened and that is why we did not continue to make vaccines,” Mr Shuaib said.
Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and bioNtech vaccine by the end of January, with administration beginning immediately.