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NAFDAC alerts of fake COVID-19 vaccine

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… Says no Coronavirus vaccine has been approved in Nigeria

THE Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned Nigerians not to take any vaccine except the ones approved by the agency.

  The Agency said it had received reports of the importation of fake vaccine into Nigeria.

  Adeyeye, said the agency had not received any application from COVID-19 vaccine  manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccine had been approved by NAFDAC.

  She said COVID-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects or adverse effects must be well monitored, therefore, if NAFDAC has not approved, the public should not use.

  “There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria. NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware. No Covid Vaccine has been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause Covid-like illnesses or other serious diseases that could kill,” she said.

  “No government establishment or agencies should order COVID-19 vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.”

  She said the agency was discussing with manufactures of candidate COVID-19 vaccines concerning potential Emergency Use Authorisation, registration or licensing of their product as the case may be.

  “The agency assures applicants that if phase three clinical data are very convincing and robust with regards to safety and efficacy and the vaccine has been submitted for WHO for Emergency Use Listing, NAFDAC will welcome the application for Emergency Use Authorisation in Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

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