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FG assures Nigerians of AstraZeneca vaccine safety

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… No side effect – NAFDAC
… Fight is far from over – Biden

NIGERIANS have been told there is no cause for alarm on the safety of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine delivered to the country recently.

  Head of Public Relations Unit of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mohammad Ohitoto, gave the assurance in a statement released by the agency yesterday.

  Ohitoto said the advice became necessary to debunk reports that some countries’ pause on using the vaccine portends danger.

  While Ohitoto noted the precautionary concerns raised regarding a specific batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine – namely ABV5300, he stated that investigations were being conducted to determine if the batch was in any way linked to an observed side effect.

  The health agency insisted that Nigeria did not receive any dose from the batch of vaccines in contention, adding that all side effects reported so far in Nigeria had been mild, adding that government is monitoring the developments regarding the ‘ABV5300 batch’ of the vaccine and will make the updates public as they become available.

  The NPHCDA appealed to those categorised among the set of people to be prioritised in the current phase of vaccination exercise to come forth and get vaccinated.

  But Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, says the Astrazeneca vaccine recently inaugurated and distributed to states to treat COVID-19 has no side effect.

  Adeyeye stated this yesterday in Abuja shortly after she got vaccinated.

According to her, NAFDAC went through the application dossier of the vaccine before it was approved to be

  Meanwhile, President Joe Biden of United States yesterday declared that the fight against COVD-19 pandemic is far from over.

  Biden made the declaration in an emotional tribute to the more than 530,000 Americans who have died from the scourge over the last 12 months.

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