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Nigeria moves closer to local vaccine production – NAFDAC

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THE Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has disclosed  that Nigeria has 30 left on the list of requirements put in place by the World Health Organisation for the production of local vaccines in the country.

  Prof. Adeyeye stated this during an interview with Channels Television monitored by our correspondent.

  According to the NAFDAC boss, the WHO laid down 240 requirements and Nigeria has been able to meet 210 of them.

  She said, “What the world body is trying to do right now is to make sure that Africa has the capacity to manufacture vaccines and that is what is going on as we speak.

  “However, to be able to manufacture vaccines, NAFDAC has to be strong enough to control.

  “We have been working on this for about three years. When I came in, that was what I dug into.

  “We have over 240 quality system requirements that we have to meet. As of a week plus ago, we had about 30 requirements left.

“It is still a lot, but as we are speaking because the WHO people are coming in three weeks; we have sent them everything we have to serve as evidence.      When we get to that level, Nigeria can start manufacturing vaccines.”         

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