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COVID-19 vaccine saves lives – NAFDAC

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THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reassured Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and efficacious, promote health and save lives.

  The agency said the production processes for vaccines are complex and painstaking to ensure safety.

  The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this while speaking at the virtual 11th Annual Symposium of Health Writers Association of Nigeria.

  The symposium themed: ‘Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines’ is also sub-themed: ‘Addressing COVID-19 Hesitancy -The Role of the Media’.

  Adeyeye who was represented by Director, Drug Registration and Regulatory Affairs, NAFDAC, Dr. Monica Eimunjeze, described vaccines as biological preparations produced from living organisms to enhance immunity against diseases.

  She said that vaccines help eradicate diseases, noting that immunisation eradicated smallpox, reduced wild polio by more than 99 per cent.

  “Vaccines promote health, have expansive reach, rapid impact and save lives and costs.

  “Annually, vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million child deaths globally, vaccination is one of the great public health achievements of human history,” she said

  While assuring Nigerians of the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, Adeyeye said that the agency would continue to monitor the vaccination exercise as a regulatory agency.

  “The issue of safety and efficacy is key to vaccine production, it also requires the involvement of experts and vaccines are not deployed without the approval of NAFDAC.

  “The agency has regulatory control for vaccines as it monitors and approves, clinical trials, inspection of facility, licensing, testing and post-marketing surveillance. So the COVID-19 vaccines are safe,” Adeyeye said.

  Also speaking at the symposium, Prof. Akin Oshibogun, former Chief Medical Director of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, said health writers have the responsibility of creating awareness and changing the misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines.

  “We carried out research to look for side effects of the vaccination across the country. And we have followed them up for about three to four months. I am happy to say that none of them died or was hospitalised.

  “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and the media need to report these facts to reduce vaccination apathy in the country,” he said

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