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Vaccines’ regulation: WHO upgrades NAFDAC to level three

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) has certified National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as a maturity three regulatory agency, a global benchmark in COVID-19 vaccine production.

  This makes Nigeria the third African country and few globally to attain this status.

  Director General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday.

  According to him, with this certification, Nigeria will begin to manufacture vaccines, the process having started with construction of a vaccine laboratory in Oshodi, Lagos.

  “We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari who magnanimously gave N736 million to equip our laboratories, without his tremendous support, this feat could not have been achieved. When I came on board, 70 to 80 per cent of our laboratories equipment was not working and President Buhari intervened and gave us the funds to equip our laboratories. President Buhari also gave us four billion to buy more equipment and build a vaccine laboratory which is almost completed. it is the tools that earn us this, and I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his kind gestures. We are already working on Maturity Level four which will enable any products we approved as a regulatory agency to be traded globally.

  Since we don’t produce, the pharmaceutical companies that produce will have a larger market. There is no fear on our side getting certification for maturity four because we have our template and we have been recertified by WHO since 2019, once we get recertified by November this year, we start self-auditing, which is going to keep us on our toes. This has to be sustained because they will be coming every three years,” she said.

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