FG States Reasons Nigeria Can’t Produce COVID-19 Vaccines

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has come to say that Nigeria is a country that is very difficult to govern. The septuagenarian lamented that no matter how hard he tries, some people would still find faults in his government. Adding that as a leader, he has to accept the challenges of leadership and learn to live by them. The president made this known while fielding questions from reporters after receiving some of his aides and close friends who visited him at the presidential villa in Abuja in commemoration of his 77th birthday. “I think I come to accept the realities of leadership in Nigeria, you can only try, it is a terrific country, no matter what you do, there are people on daily basis that look for your faults and go to the press, so you have to learn to live by that,” he said.

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.

He said:

“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.

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