COVID-19: Buhari And Osinbajo Set To Be Vaccinated Publicly.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will receive the COVID-19 vaccine publicly on Saturday to remove doubts from people’s mind over the efficacy of the vaccine.
Faisal Shuaib, who is the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), revealed this at the second edition of the State House weekly briefing.
The second edition was focused on Nigeria’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last one year, and especially the National Vaccination Response.
Shuaib said that the President and the Vice President will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday after some frontline health workers are vaccinated on Friday.
He also said that the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha will also receive his first dose of the vaccine on the same day.
Also speaking, the Director-General, of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu, said that as much as vaccines provide some very important light, the response of – testing, surveillance, protecting health workers, investing in national health security, driving risk communications, etc. has to continue.
Director-General of the National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, also warned that falsified COVID-19 vaccines are already in the global market.
Her statement reads:
“That’s why NAFDAC is focusing on track-and-trace, to ensure no infiltration of substandard vaccines in the supply chain. Traceability is very important; we can trace the vaccines from the airport to the patient.”